Something that fascinates me is how this one plant (Camellia Sinensis) can have such great variation in flavour, color and mouthfeel in the final product. There are so many factors, from geography to weather to the time of harvest, and every step of the processing method that affects the characteristics of the final tea.
I’ve been really enjoying tasting these teas from Teas Unique. After trying the Jeju Island Organic Whole Leaf Green Tea with Mandarin Orange my next step was the green tea itself. I realize to most people this will seem like working backwards, and in a way of looking at it, it is, but I think it also gives a unique look at the green tea itself. The leaves are finely twisted and the dry aroma is fresh warm vegetal, a bit woodsy. It’s one of those fragrances I could just keep inhaling.
This tea was harvested around May 6th-8th 2017, and is from the first flush. The cultivar is Fuushun, the name of which literally means ‘Rich Spring’. I tried this both using teapot method and flash steeping in a gaiwan. This, as I expected from the Mandarin Orange blend, is a tea where a little goes a long way. It’s a very flavourful tea.
I tend to like my green teas a little lighter so I opted to use less leaf when using the teapot method, using only 1tsp per 12oz of hot, but not boiling, water. For the first infusion I let it sit for two minutes. The liquor took on a lovely bright yellow-green. Even using less leaf, I found the liquor produced was rich in flavour and very enjoyable. It’s quite umami/savory in a way that makes your mouth water. There’s a legume vegetal note and a salt water, marine quality. There’s also a citrusy undertone, making it no surprise it worked so well as a blend with the mandarin pieces! The mouthfeel is a bit astringent, but I more notice the mouth-watering sensation. As this tea is very rich in flavour it also re-steeps well.
For the flash steeping method, I have one main word: potent! I’m glad I was careful to only use a teaspoon of leaf per 60ml for the flash steeping or my socks may have been knocked off. Once again a very rich flavour. I started with a 30 second infusion time for the first infusion, then 45, 60, 90, and by then had to peel it back to 60 because the flavour was getting a bit too strong for my liking. For this tasting, I got eight infusions, and the tea delivered a lot of flavor all throughout. If you want a green tea that’s robust and rich with umami flavour, this will be a great choice for you.
(Sample provided for review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
Other Teas Unique Reviews:
Tea Review: Jeju Island Organic Whole Leaf Green Tea with Mandarin Orange from Teas Unique
Tea Review: 2017 Boseong Joongjak (Third Pluck) Green Tea from Teas Unique
Tea Review: 2017 Jeju Island First Flush Black Tea from Teas Unique