Xiang Cha 2022

Brewed with a bit of care, this somewhat rougher green tea from a local Zhejiang cultivar can provide a surprisingly soft liquor with a velvety mouthfeel. It has a bold, savory bent on the whole, cooked bitter greens or creamed spinach seasoned with a hint of nutmeg and the gentle essence of cooked rice; something of a very mild curry is suggested. More time brings out a walnut astringency, and the tea has enough backbone to accompany savory meals, or contrast sweet snacks. A green tea for the hungry.
  • ORIGIN:  Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • MEANING:  Fragrant tea (xiang cha)
  • CULTIVAR:  Qunxiu Zhong
  • HARVEST TIME:  18 April 2022
  • TASTE:  Wild bitter greens, walnut, nutmeg
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Preparation

IN THE TEAPOT
  • Quantity: 6g / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 80°C
  • Infusion time: 5 min
GONGFU CHA METHOD
  • Quantity: 2g / 150ml
  • Water temperature: 80°C
  • 3 infusions: 60, 60, 90 sec

For best results brew in a tall glass and fill with water before adding the leaves. Too high water temperature would burn the leaves, and the tea will taste bitter and sour.