Unlike Shan Valley’s black tea, the leaves of Valley Green are very whole. The dry leaf smells similar to a barn, very much like hay. However after brewing the tea, the leaves smell like a young raw puer, sweet and fruity. It brews a pale gold brown liquor. It has a feint astringency and is feels viscous. The flavor is somewhat fruity and sweet and tastes strongly of hay.

Second steep with same parameters. Man oh man does this smell like a young raw puer to me. This brew is a little more astringent, a little less hay like, a little more sweet, and a mineraly flavor.

Impressions: I was not too keen on the first steep, but the second one I’m enjoying a lot more. I would consider brewing this tea for a shorter period of time but keeping the other parameters the same. If you like green teas that are not grassy, but that have a hay like flavor, this one may be up your alley.

Flavors: Mineral, Stonefruit

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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