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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chun Mee (Moon Palace)

I was hoping to replace my old Chun Mee variety from the late SpecialTeas website, but alas this one does not quite resemble the sweet plum-like flavor of my favorite organic Chun Mee.  Upton informs us that, "Literally translated, Chun Mee means 'precious eyebrows'. [This is]One of our most popular China green teas. Steep about 2 minutes."  To me it seems slightly dusty and smoky, more reminiscent of a gunpowder green than a delicate and sweet Chun Mee.  I feel badly giving this such a poor review since it is a company bestseller, but it is not the flavor I was searching for.  Now that I have a 125 gram tin of it, I'm not sure what to do.  Maybe a teatime bath is in order...
ZG18: Chun Mee (Moon Palace)
Steeping Suggestions:
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 180º
Steep Time: 2-2¼ min