Xin Yang Mao Jian Green from Teavivre

Xin Yang Mao Jian Green from TeavivreXin Yang Mao Jian Green from Teavivre is one of the most beautiful Green Teas I have seen to date. The package arrives with their signature silver resealable pouch, with the tea itself in a vacuum sealed pouch inside.  After opening, I could smell a heady earthy and bright grassy odor.

A second inhale revealed a faint but distinct odor of fresh herbs like basil and marjoram.  The leaves are as fine as a strand of hair and a brilliant deep forest green.  Tippy and tightly rolled, they belie the true nature of this wonderfully refreshing bit heaven.

The liquor is a clear pale yellow and has a strong nose of earth mixed with a subtle undertone of a spring breeze.  The leaves not only hold their color, but show no signs of yellowing or brown. Mild and refreshing this tea is used by the Chinese men and women as an after-work refresher. Xin Yang Mao Jian green tea is produced in Xinyang county, Henan Province, and is regarded as one of China’s top ten teas.

Teavivre describes this tea as:

A premium Chinese green tea
*  Produced in Xinyang in Henan province
*  Long, thin, dark green leaves, with straight tips
*  Produces vibrant yellow-green colored tea
*  A very refreshing, lingering aftertaste and aroma
*  Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
*  1-2 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 176 ºF (80 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes

Our spring picked Xinyang Maojian green tea is produced in Xinyang county, Henan province, and is regarded as one of China’s top ten teas. It is distinct amongst other green teas, with its leaves having a darker color and it is having a stronger, more robust flavour. Widely drunk in China during hot weather or after work, it is great when you’re thirsty and need a refreshing, relaxing tea to drink.

No sweetener is needed for this one.  In fact, it looses a lot to any sweetener at all, and cream or the like, is a definite no.  Subtle herbal tones and bright grass note pervade this brew, and are simply destroyed by the addition of something that has been perfected by nature already.

Tippy, bright, bold and nuanced with high and low tones, this tea is a symphony of color and flavor that will surprise you.   Chilled, this is a refresher that most western drinks simply cannot compare too.  With no sugar, this is great for dieters, and with less caffeine than that of a cup of coffee (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)  ever those with high blood pressure and diabetics will love this one. Green tea has been proven to reduce a plethora of medical issues.

The lingering after tastes in the mouth are gentle and pleasant, without feeling “dry” or bitter.  There is no astringency in this tea at all if brewed properly.  Follow closely the basic instructions for a green tea and this one will quickly become a hot day favorite.  I have also found it to be a nice crisp and bold wake up cup too, but I feel is better suited to brunch. Served with fruits and light fare, this is a compliment to any fresh salad of fruit blend.

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