Mao Yan Mei Herbal Tea (Tisane)
Dry leaf aroma: like dusty raisins, and stone fruit pits;
Wet leaf aroma: similar to dry;
Liquor: pale yellow, first wash looks like swamp water;
Mouthfeel/Taste/Flavour: a mouthwatering immediacy on the tip of the tongue, with a slightly bitter, sour astringency followed by a thick creamy mouthfeel, leaving lingering metallic tingling and noticeable sweetness.
Opinion: The tea was given to me by a friend who could not remember what its was, or where she got it from. After posting it as an identity challenge within my LinkedIn Network it was identified.
Mao Yan Mei, (Ampelosis Grossedentata) is a rare, wild natural herbal tea from Hunan. It grows wild, in the red sandstone soils on Yunwu Mountain, which is located in Zhang Jia Jie (张家界), in the northwest of Hunan. Ampelosis grossdentata has been called, “longevity vine,” or “folk magic tea”. It is used as a medicinal tea and contains 17 amino acids, including methionine, leucine and glutamic acid, etc., 14 trace elements such as K, Ca, Fe, Zn, Mg, etc., and a total of over 6% biological flavones, apparently.