tea (n.) \ˈtē\ 1. shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies 2. an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Gu Zhang Mao Jian

Time to review a new green tea for the summer season.  When the heat wave hits, I tend to shy away from heavier black teas and gravitate towards light greens, oolongs, and whites.  This standard green tea was one of the top sellers on the Upton Teas website, boasting of its clean, simple, and sweet liquor.  Upton describes the blend as, "A green tea with deep flavor notes and good body, priced for everyday consumption. Rarely do we find a tea with this quality and flavor at this price level."  The leaves take on a vaired and wiry appearance, giving off a vegetal, sweet smell.  The brew itself is a clean, simple green.  Although not as pungently sweet as a Chun Mee green tea, it is a gentler alternative.  I recommend drinking this brew without sugar to enjoy its simplicity.
ZG54: Gu Zhang Mao Jian
Origin: China
Brewing Suggestions
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 180°
Steep Time: 3 min.

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