Three Cups Fragrance (San Bei Xiang)

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Almond, Asparagus, Hay, Sweet
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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 17 oz / 500 ml

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Named for the fact this tea will yield 3 fragrant cups from its sweet leaves. An elegantly shaped leaf offering a soft vegetal taste that gives way to a sweetness that will linger. Its leaves are slender, uniform in size and curved in shape. Pan-fired using the “san bei xiang” process that results in leaves in shades of dark green to a silver-gray sheen. A traditional Fujianese green tea, this is a very well-made, full-bodied green tea. Lot # 5

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Upping the rating on this one; adjusting the steeping times to longer made the difference. The sweetness stood out more, and that nummy sesame seed oil vegetable taste stayed longer.

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I need some advice from green tea drinkers on what to try next. What’s your go-to green tea these days?

I’m getting a little excited because I’m pretty close to having at least tasted all of the green teas in my stash. Not counting matcha, that is.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll be sipping them all down any time soon, but it does mean I can start thinking about what I might want to get more of and what else I might want to try.

I’d love to have input on what I ought to try when I’m close enough to order, which should be in the next few months at this rate.

So again I ask — what is your go-to green tea? What shouldn’t I miss when I come out of lock down?

I have been enjoying the Silk Road teas in my stash. This one has a sweet, hay-like fragrance in the dry leaf that replicates itself in the steeped tea’s aroma. The tea is golden yellow and clear. It has a sort of rosy tint that is interesting.

The tea has a vegetal flavor that reminds me of asparagus. I just had some for lunch, and it was amusing to be reminded of my lunch so quickly after drinking this tea. I swear, it was funnier than I made it sound.

The aftertaste is nutty, a little like raw almonds.

It’s a gentle, happy green tea.

Flavors: Almond, Asparagus, Hay, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

I’m not terribly into green teas, though coming to appreciate them much more so take my recommendation with a grain – Yunnan Sourcing’s 2018 Imperial Grade Laoshan Green really does something for me. It seems to go really well with Bay Area weather. I mean, I don’t know if you get much of the fog where you are but it fits well with city’s climate.


I could send you large sample if you’d like!


Nice — I will put that on the list. And I appreciate the offer of a sample, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself here - I’m still technically on lock down and will be given a stern talking to by the others in the household if any tea enters the house until lock down is lifted. :) I do appreciate the recommendation though.


Ah, you’re welcome. I understand. I recently imposed some self-control with tea acquisition. I can’t say I’m a fan.

Cameron B.

One of my favorites is the Chasandai Sakura Sencha from Yunomi.


Great, thanks! I’ll put it on the list.


For something different than the usual, try some Japanese kamairicha. This is a rare Japanese tea that’s pan fired instead of steamed giving it an interesting flavor profile. It’s halfway between a Chinese and Japanese green. I get mine from Yuuki-Cha but I’m seeing other vendors carrying it now too

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A light, sweeter green tea. Good for through-out the day drinking.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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