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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Review: Shui Tea’s Imperial Mountain Green Tea

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The Subject: Imperial Mountain Green Tea from Shui Tea.


Water temperature: 140-180° F (per their site)
Steeping time: 3 minutes (see comments)

Tea type: Green
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Grassy
Aroma in the cup, plain: Grassy
Taste, plain: Grassy, mild, smooth
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A

2nd Infusion: Did multiple infusions (see comments)

Chilled: N/A

Three cheers for Shui Tea. This tea is definitely not tea dust in a bag. It’s large leaf pieces that smell so fresh and grassy, you can almost hear the breeze rustling through the field of tea bushes (Camellia Sinensis).

We were careful to use water that wasn’t too hot. However, we may have steeped a bit too long. That doesn’t mean the tea was bad-tasting. Quite the contrary, this tea was excellent. It just means that we could have gotten a 4th steeping out of the leaves.

What we did:
1st steeping — 2½ minutes
2nd steeping — 3 minutes
3rd steeping — 3 minutes

What we should have done:
1st steeping — 2 minutes
2nd steeping — 2½ minutes
3rd steeping — 3 minutes
4th steeping — 3½ minutes

Despite this slight misstep, we absolutely loved this tea. The first infusion had a mildly grassy aroma. The liquid was pale yellow and had a mild, smooth taste with a hint of butteriness. There was absolutely no bitterness or astringency.

The 2nd and 3rd infusions were each slightly lighter than the previous one, with slightly thinner tastes. We might have been able to do a 4th infusion, but stopped here for the review purposes. We drank every drop with pure bliss and relish.

Since this is such a tasty tea, we couldn’t bring ourselves to deduct a half teapot for this being “organic” and “orthodox.”

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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