This traditional green tea from Anhui Province, China is, for us, a quintessential look at Chinese green tea. The leaves are emerald green in color and quite uniform, and brew into a fresh and mildly astringent cup that’s great for waking up or taking on a hike. Like all green teas the longer you steep, the more tannins the leaves release, causing the astringency to become quite strong. However, for this Organic Chun Mee, we found it slightly more forgiving, so if you let it steep for a few extra seconds, you’ll be fine.
Grown: Anhui Province, China
Dry Aroma: Fresh Cut Grass, Hay, Vegetal and Very Mild Citrus
Tasting Notes: Hay with Grassy Tones and Mild Astringency
Brewing Suggestion: We like this tea best in a teapot when we used 1 tablespoon (3-4 grams) of tea first brewed for 30-45 seconds. The tea leaves are chopped emerald green threads so you may not need a full tablespoon to get the cup you’re looking for. For gaiwan brewing, we recommend no more than 20-30 seconds for your first brew.
Experiment and let us know how you liked it best!