It’s Not Easy Being Green!

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Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins. In the Far East, green tea has been used as a treatment for a variety of conditions ranging from arthritis to weight loss, as well as a preventative measure for diseases such as cancer.

Not only is it a well used medicine, it is also a very delightful drink! Green tea can range from an number of different countries which all have different tastes and characteristics due to different weather climates and processes involved.

A lot of people say they dislike green tea due to its ‘bitterness’ but if you brew it correctly, you should have to perfect cup of green tea! We brewed all of these green teas for 2.5 minutes with a water temperature of 75 Degrees to ensure we had regulated flavours. This guaranteed no burnt tea and no bitterness.

Mao FengChina Mao Feng-

Once upon a time…a young man and a beautiful young woman from a tea plantation were in love, but the local tyrant seized her as his concubine. She escaped, only to learn that the tyrant had killed her lover. Finding his body deep in the mountains, the mountain goddess took pity on her and turned her lover’s body turned into a tea bush. She wept and wept until she became the raindrops and mist. And so, to this day, the mountainous county of Qimen is blessed with abundant rains and mists, as the girl’s tears gently caress and support the vigorous local tea bushes to produce some of the finest teas in China.

The conditions that tea grows in the Yellow Mountain region of Huang Shan, Antui Province creates the perfect atmosphere for tea growing, unique for the presence of the essential oil of myrcenal, which produces an exceptional sweetness which is visible from this sweet, delicate green tea.

The leaf of this tea are a long, curly, dark green, which produce a pale green liquor, and a soft, crisp aroma once brewed and a bright, cleansing, buttery taste with notes of apricots and none of the usual bitterness associated with other green teas. This dainty tea is a tea for all times of day, particularly after a meal.

Woojeon

 

Korean FOP Woojeon-

The terms ‘Woojeon’ literally translates to ‘before it rains’ as this second flush green tea is picked before the rainy season. It is widely known as ‘sparrows tongue’ for its small, sharp, pointed leaf which is a vibrant, bright green in appearance.

The aroma that is produced when brewed is a satisfying buttery popped corn and has a strong, slightly bitter vegital, clean taste with lingering nutty, popped corn notes.

 

 

 

 

Japanese Gyokuro Asahi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gyokuro

This is a very special tea, taken from the topmost, tenderest leaves. It is shaded for 20 days to increase chlorophyll,which is known for its health benefits, and reduce the tannin. The term ‘Asahi’ translates to ‘Aurora’ referring to the time of day in which it is picked. Gyokuro is traditionally served at special occasions due to its rarity.

The dry leaves are reminiscent of pine needles in shape and have the fresh aroma of cut grass. When brewed, they fully open to reveal bottle green, full leaves. The liquor that is produced is a pale green which explains the name ‘gyokuro’ with translates to ‘jade dew’. The taste of this tea is a mellow fresh cut grass notes, a slight seaweed taste which is slightly astringent on the palate. This is an elegant tea which is not an everyday tea but something to sit back and enjoy time and processes that have gone into producing this fine, fresh tea.

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