Green Teas of China and Taiwan come from the Chinese Camelia Sinensis, a tea plant native to China. Green Tea has been developed and processed in China for thousands of years and is typically growin in the misty and warmer Southern Provinces, including, Anhui, Zhejiang, Yunnan, Sichuan and Fujian.

We sampled six green teas, Long Jing – Dragonwell, Little Melon Seed – Lu An Gua Pian, Bi Lo Chun – Spring Snail Shell, Morning Dew Maofeng, Gunpowder – Zhucha and Tai Cha Cui Yu – Green Jade.

Spring Snail Shell Tea

Making Bi Lo Chun, Spring Snail Shell Tea

Dragonwell Tea, from the city of Hangzhou’s West Lake region, is one of China’s 10 famous teas and said to be the perfect combination of taste, smell and color. This classic Chinese Green is served in every part of the country and given to visiting diplomats, heads of state and other honored foreign guests.
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Next we tasted Little Melon Seed, a beautiful green tea with rough edged leaves that look like melon seeds. The taste is fresh and slightly sweet, reminiscent of Japanese Sencha. From Anhui Province, this is also one of China’s 10 famous teas.

We sampled Bi Lo Chun – Green Snail Shell, another of China’s 10 famous teas. This beautiful tea is made from buds and leaves and has a soft and silvery appearance before brewed. After the first steeping the leaves unfurl and become verdant green and the taste is delicate and sweet.

We continued the tasting with Morning Dew, a pan fried, and robust green tea. The taste and appearance is green and fresh.

Gunpowder tea’s name refers to its appearance, the leaves are rolled into small, shiny pellets. Originally it was rolled to keep the tea fresh when transported. Most commonly used in Moroccan Mint, it is a blend of peppermint, spearmint and gunpowder green tea. The taste is smoky and the tea is great for multiple steepings.

The last tea we tasted Tai Cha Cui Yu – Green Jade, is one of the only green teas from Taiwan. This tea is rolled like an oolong and even has fragrant hints of oolong, but, the taste is unmistakably green, light and floral. Great for multiple steepings.

As always, the company at the tasting was perfect, a great group with diverse knowledge about Chinese Green Teas.
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