The previous green tea I reviewed was a Selenium Rich Green tea from Guizhou that I tried in a tea shop. Today, I am reviewing the same type of green tea (out of all the possibilities), but this one is from 2020, and also I got a chance to brew it in gongfu style as opposed to ‘grandpa’ one that I was given at the tea shop.
This tea I ordered in a ‘surprise pack’, and by the time I was trying this tea, I had no idea what it was. Due to its look, I thought it could be Bi Luo Chun. I had not seen the dry leaves form of this tea before, so I was utterly clueless. Then I tasted it, it was really mellow, slightly sweet, floral with hints of vegetal notes.
Guizhou has become an essential area for the production of quality green tea in China according to this resource. It has suitable environmental conditions a warm and humid climate for the tea plant to grow. It is also covered by forests (at around 40%) and low level of industries around the area (compared to other regions of China) makes it an excellent place for tea cultivation. In Guizhou, the tea farmers were not able to afford pesticides and chemical fertilisers historically. This habit continues today, and compared to national average Guizhou farmers uses lower levels of pesticides and fertilisers.
I will drink this again knowing that it is rich in selenium, zinc and other minerals some 15 times more than other teas. Will I taste more mineral notes?
Origin: Leigong Mountain, Guizhou
Harvest time: 2020
Leaf colour: Bright green
Liquor colour: Light yellow
Tea Aroma: Fruity
Tea taste: Mellow with a slight sweetness and floral notes
Place 4 g of this tea in a teapot or gaiwan and add about 120 ml water at around 80-85°C.
Rinse after 5 sec.
Steep for 10 seconds for the second time and increase the consecutive steeping time by 10 seconds each time. You can steep this tea up to three or four times.
Shelf life: Up to two years.