I wanted to start by taking the opportunity to thank Teagini for making this tea review happen. They have given me the opportunity to try so many different teas over the past few days. You should really check out some of their stuff when you get a chance. Many of the teas are quite rare, and difficult to find elsewhere, and from what I have seen, quite good as well.
This tea comes to us from Qian Dao, literally translated as 1,000 islands because of the 1,000 mountains that encircle the land. This area is known for its beautiful scenery and for Qiandao lake, which is one of the best places for planting tea. The tea here is organic, pollution free and it is very mild. The weather here stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which makes it a great environment to grow some awesome tea.
Qian Dao Yu Ye Tea is translated as Jade Leaf tea because the leaves are as green and as precious as Jade. Unlike other green teas of this region, the Qian Dao Yu Ye tea is a very long lasting flavor and an orchid like aroma. I had already tasted the Grade “D” and Grade "C" versions of this tea, and I was excited to see how the flavor would develop as I moved up.
Just like with the other teas, I brewed this one at 175 degrees fahrenheit for about 4-5 minutes. As the tea was brewing, I noticed more of a fruity flavor than a floral one. This wasn't much of a surprise, because the thing I noticed between the "D" and the "C" was that the "C" had more of a fruitiness to it, so it's only fitting that the "B" would be an upgrade from there.
The taste was less astringent than the grade "C" but it was far more fruity. If you want me to be more specific than "fruity", it is more of a citrus type of fruit. This is fresh, tart and reminds you of summertime. It is very refreshing, and it has no dryness to it. it makes your mouth water rather than drying it out.
Compared to the Grade "C" the fruity notes are far more prevalent, the mouthfeel is more astringent and the bitterness is far less intense. There is actually a tiny bit of grassiness to the aftertaste, which I didn't find in the other two I tried.
With no bitterness, this tea is quite quite mild and very easy to drink. It also has nearly no acidity, which also makes it quite enjoyable. The tea is sweet, but not quite as sweet as the other grades. Even though it is not quite as sweet, it could still be considered a "dessert tea" because of how sweet and mild it is.
Interestingly enough, upon the second steeping, the grassiness begins to come out a little bit more. It almost begins to taste a bit more like a Japanese green tea because you taste less of the fruitiness and more of the grassiness. This was one of the more unique parts of the Grade "B", because the other teas began to get more fruity with the second steeping.
What I really think is cool about this cultivar is that although the liquor is quite pale, the tea is so flavorful. This was a fun little surprise for me, and it really made me further appreciate the drinking experience. This is a subtle tea, but if you really take your time to enjoy it, it can be full of surprises!
Thanks so much for reading everyone! If you are curious about some of the other teas from Teagini, please feel free to find them in the "Green Tea" and "Oolong Tea" sections. Enjoy!