Review: JING Tea Du Yun Mao Jian

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Thumbs up!"It has a sweet, fruity flavor combined with a fresh leafiness reminiscent of white tea."
Dave’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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This green tea from Guizhou province in China, supplied by London-based online retailer Jing Tea, was picked in April 2011. The dry leaves are thin, twisty, and covered in a white down, like many white teas. When I opened the package to smell the leaves, I was struck by a strong scent of pineapple – not what I expected. But I thought immediately of a sencha I had recently tried, Ashikubo, which has intense notes of tropical fruit.

The first brew, at 70 degrees for three minutes, revealed a flavor of tropical fruit very much like Sencha Ashikubo: notes of pineapple and papaya, along with a hint of peach. At the same time, there was a fresh, leafy, grassy taste reminiscent of Bai Hao Yin Zhen, my favorite white tea. The combination of fruitiness and leafiness was very satisfying, and a hint of tangy citrus in the aftertaste added yet another layer of complexity.

The second and third brews were also delicious, though some of the complexity was lost, giving way to a smoother, somewhat flatter overall flavor.

This is a delicious green tea, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. It would also be a good choice on a hot summer day, with its sweet, refreshing taste and low brewing temperature. This is a tea I could drink often.

— To purchase JING Tea Du Yun Mao Jian, 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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