2 Tasting Notes
A highly affordable and drinkable tea from Premium Steap in Philadelphia. It was only recently added to their menu so I had to try! The flavor is bold and robust so it makes for a good cup of morning tea. The leaves are rather large and spindly. The tea creates a very piney aroma which is why I suppose it was translated to mean “Pine Needle” in Mandarin.
This tea does well under 3 brews and 8 ounces of water. The flavor profile is rather unique with some hints of smokiness and strong cocoa. Slight astringency and bitterness do not make this tea unpleasant to drink. The flavor is highly characteristic of a spring picking of Yunnan teas from China.
As usual, I rinsed under boiling water for 5 seconds before the 1st brew
Flavors: Citrus, Cocoa, Hops
First impression is that this is a fairly solid culinary-grade matcha for everyday drinking. Brewed on multiple occasions with different water temperatures. Found the best temperature was around 140 F – matcha should be brewed with low temperatures. To account for the low temperature, use slightly more matcha. I used 1 heaping teaspoon for 8 oz of water.
Flavors: Creamy, Cut Grass, Kale