Review: JING Tea Pre-Rain Organic Anji Bai Cha

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Thumbs up!"A bright sappy flavour can be found throughout the sip. All in all this is a very flavourful and well-rounded cup. Fans of complex green teas will not be disappointed! "
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.7/10
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jingprerainThis certified organic and fair trade green tea was harvested April 3rd, 2012, in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. A delicate shade of peridot green, the paper-thin leaves come bearing a sweet grass and clover honey aroma. Their flat and irregular shapes make me think of cedar needles.

I followed the instructions provided on Jing's website. I brewed 1 tablespoon of leaves in 8 ounces of water heated to 70 degrees Celsius, for 3 and a half minutes. The pale tan-coloured cup smells like buttery spinach and toasted grains. The top notes are sweet and floral, replete with marigolds, chrysanthemums, and daisies. The middle of the sip is nuttier, with some bready savoury tones thrown in. The somewhat bitter finish follows with Brussels sprouts, walnuts and dark cocoa notes. Tying everything together is a bright sappy flavour found throughout the sip. All in all this is a very flavourful and well-rounded cup.

Jing recommends reusing the leaves at least 3 times. Steep number 2 is not significantly different from the first. After 4 minutes, there is a bit more more bitterness dominating the cup, the flowery tones of the top notes having faded. There is also more roughness to the finish.

Following a 5 and a half minute-long brew, my third cup is smoother and more generically grassy. The planty bitterness that featured so prominently before is now down to just a hint.

I tried a final, fourth cup. The results are certainly drinkable but not particularly memorable. The tea is smooth and grassy, with little roughness or bitterness. It's more mineral than the previous steeps, which contributes to my impression of blandness. The leaves are now completely plump in my infuser basket.

According to Jing`s website, this tea can apparently be fussy to brew. Personally I stuck to the recommended 70 degrees and had no hint of trouble. I found this tea to be a a good complement to mild deserts. I had a cup with a slice of German cheese cake and it was a perfect pairing, the vegetal bitterness of the tea bringing more relief to the cake's sweetness. Fans of complex green teas will not be disappointed!

— To purchase JING Tea Pre-Rain Organic Anji Bai Cha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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