Name: Organic Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding
Tea Vendor: Teavivre (China)
Type: Chinese green tea
Other names: Tian Mu Yun Wu
It always makes me very happy when I run into a tea that is not a part of standard assortment of majority tea shops. One of those teas is Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding green tea from tea vendor Teavivre. Other name of this tea is Yun Wu. I basically knew what to expect, but I have to admit that so far, not a single Chinese green tea surprised me with so much freshness.
Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding green tea – introduction
50 grams of Hangzhou Tian Mu QIng Ding green tea costs 15.90 USD. It comes from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. So far, we have learned that Zhejiang is the home of well-known long jing green tea. It’s also interesting that anji bai cha also comes from Zhejiang, which looks a little bit similar to this tea. Visually very attractive, looks very fresh and green, almost as if one could sense the taste and scent only from looking at the photo. Leaves are long and needle-like, two leaves and a bud or a leaf and a bud, and buds are covered with white hairs. Leaves smell beautiful, intense, green and deep and toasty at the same time. They do have a kind of sharpness that can indicate required delicacy when brewing.
Three and a half grams of leaves, 100ml of water, temperature around 80-85 degrees Celsius. I do think that 90 degrees is too much for this tea and one should be careful when brewing not to invoke biterness. Steeping time: 30, 50, 70, 90 seconds. What attracts me the most is the appearance and fragrance of dry leaves in a heated teapot. It’s really intense and beautiful. Liquor is bright yellowish-green color, very pretty. Second steeping gives the best results, with liquor full of freshness and expressed grassy notes. This tea balances very well between lightly toasted and sharp grassy character, with a lot of freshness in between. If brewed correctly, it does not have even a trace of bitterness. It’s a very good choice for every day drinking. Both with fragrance and taste, this tea represents pure freshness. It does have a sweet aftertaste; however, it’s not overpowering.
What is really beautiful about this tea are the leaves. From dark green needles they open up into beautiful pale green leaves and buds, so beautiful I hesitated to throw them away. The freshness of this tea is obvious even after the fourth steeping. This is a good example of how much freshness a tea can have and that we should never be satisfied with old stale teas. Even though every tea has its own character, when talking about freshness and scent of a freshly mowed law, Hangzhou Tian Mu Qing Ding might be one of the best examples.
Be careful when storing this tea, make sure you sealed the bag correctly and keep it away from humid hot places.