Review: Canton Tea Company Pouchong

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Thumbs up!"This tea is very easy to drink, with its smooth, buttery feel and light floral and fruit notes. While some pouchongs are more immediately sweet, the "brothy" notes of the first infusion offer something unique green tea lovers will appreciate. "
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cantonpouchongI recently placed an order with Canton. They were kind enough to include a few samples, including this pouchong. I've previously reviewed the 2010 version of these leaves. Grown in Taipei county, Taiwan, on a small family-run farm, this tea is described as a “very refreshing with smooth floral notes and a sweet apricot finish”. The fluffy, forest green leaves have a sharp, herbaceous scent to them.

Following Canton's recommendations, I used a heaping teaspoonful of leaves, steeped for 3 minutes in water heated to 80 degrees Celsius. The resulting pale gold cup has a mildly grassy aroma. The flavour profile is predominantly buttery, especially where the "brothy" top notes are concerned. Deliciously smooth and creamy, the finish has a slightly astringent kick to it, in the form of mineral and grass notes. There are some mild fruit and flower overtones that appear somewhere in the middle. It's a light, refreshing cup. It doesn't knock my socks off but it's solid and satisfying.

I steeped the leaves again for 4 minutes. The tea seems to come more into it's own at this point. The savoury grass notes have morphed into more pronounced honeysuckle, peach and apricot flavours. These lingering pleasantly on the tongue. As it cools the body of the tea thickens slightly, making it seem even creamier and more decadent in feel.

I manage to pull two more good steeps out of the leaves. Following a 6 and an 8 minute long brew, the cups are almost identical to each other. The tea is initially sweet and peachy, verging towards more grassy and mineral tones in the finish. This is definitely a good quality leaf, providing a good amount of bang for your buck.

This tea is very easy to drink, with its smooth, buttery feel and light floral and fruit notes. While some pouchongs are more immediately sweet, the "brothy" notes of the first infusion offer something unique green tea lovers will appreciate. This offering is reasonably priced, especially considering the number of possible infusions. It could easily become an everyday indulgence, as the folks at Canton aptly describe it – well done!

— To purchase Canton Tea Company Pouchong, 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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