This week’s tea, Fresh Tea Stories High Mountain Green Tea, comes from Sichuan province of China. It’s handmade and produced from tea leaves that grow at an altitude more than 1000 meters. Although Sichuan is not well known for its tea production compared to other provinces in China, you may encounter some good quality teas coming from this region.
The dry leaves are composed of short, curly and dark green tea leaves which are quite uniform in shape. I brewed it gongfu style using about five grams of tea. It cupped out slightly cloudy light green liquor. It’s smooth and sweet with almost no astringency. There is some grassy taste particularly in the aftertaste but it’s nothing that bothers my palate. The second infusion was much stronger and produced a darker liquor compared to first one. I guess I should have brewed it shorter. The grassy taste much more dominant as well. I kept it short in the third infusion to get a more balanced liquor. Now it’s just as I like it! The aftertaste was quite persistent and left a nice refreshing energizing taste in the mouth.