Huáng Jīn Yá Lǜ Chá, 黃金芽绿茶, Golden Bud Green Tea
C. sinensis var. “Huang Jin Ya”; Anji County, Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province, 600-1000m, Spring 2021 (early spring pluck), one bud & two leaves, green tea process. #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, #JīnTiāndeChá, #Tea, #茶, #Chá.
The tea’s dry leaves are flat and pressed, with a khaki yellow color, and they smell light, dusty, and vegetal with a hint of licorice. When wet, the leaves appear soft, supple, and have a pale, yellow color. The wet leaves also have a vegetal scent that reminiscent of boiled corn or cooked greens. 3g of tea was infused in 120ml of water at 80°C for 10-20 sec. The tea liquor has a light, slightly floral, cotton candy sweet scent and a pale, yellow, glossy appearance. It’s slightly oily shimmer also adds to its beauty. In the mouth, the tea is stimulating, creamy, somewhat viscous, with a mild bitterness. After several cups there is a late onset of astringency followed by a pleasant, lingering, palate-cleansing sweetness.