Yunnan Province Green Teas
Fresh Green Teas from South China
This time around we are enjoying some Green teas from Yunnan
province in China. Yunnan Province is located in Southern
China and forms the border with Laos and Burma. This is the
region where the tea plant is thought to originate. The tea
in this area is the large leaf varietal, similar to the tea
that is found in Assam, India.
tasted some fresh green tea (Temple
Garden) and some green pu-erhs. The Bamboo
Green and the Green
Beencha are two examples of pu-erh, the tea that the region
is so famous for. The Temple Garden is a full bodied green
tea with plenty of flavor. Notes of earthiness, chestnut and
sweet corn are strong in this example of a green tea. Because
the leaf is so delicate, the tea should be brewed in water
that is well below boiling to prevent cooking the leaves and
destroying the subtle notes of the tea.
Green Beencha and The Bamboo Green are known for their strong,
earthy, full bodied flavor. This is because, they are post-fermented
during their processing. It is often formed into bricks and
is one of the few tea that ages well. To prepare the Pu-erhs,
break off about a tablespoon in volume for a 6-oz. serving.
Use water that is just off a boil and rinse the leaves once,
then steep for 2-3 minutes. ( Rely on taste not color ). When
brewed to your taste remove the leaves and enjoy. Re-steep
to make another cup!
the teas that we tasted are quite different and are made in
different ways, they have the similarities due to the region
- the soil, the weather and the varietal of tea plant.
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