ZG10: Young Hyson

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 368 ml

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From Upton Tea Imports

Brisk China green tea of the Chun Mee family. Superior quality; golden liquor with a hint of sweetness. Use sparingly for optimum flavor.

Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 180º
Steep Time: 2¾-3 mins.

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Everyone, brace yourselves, I am about to use the the phrase ‘is whack’ in a sentence unironically. My sleep schedule is whack because instead of sleeping last night before my friend’s graduation I decided to stay up all night. It was all good though, the graduation was a ceremony, I got to be a photographer, and the University Dean thought I was a Grad Student because I am so knowledgeable. I think my nerd score just went up a level on that one. Today we are looking at another of of my backlogged journal entries from earlier times!

Young Hyson from Upton Tea Imports is a Chinese Green Tea of the Chun Mee family (meaning it is a small, twisted leaf) and is known as Yu Chin Ch’a in China. There is a bit of contention about the name Hyson though, it is not clear if it is named for the English tea merchant Phillip Hyson or if it is a descriptive name (flourishing spring) for its time of harvest. The aroma of this tea is vegetal and sweet mixing notes of artichoke, white grapes, and a hint of citrus. It is mild and refreshing, the aroma is very much so something I would want refreshing me on a warm day.

Once the leaves are introduced to their watery bath the aroma become much sweeter and citrusy. I notice that it is no longer a vegetal aroma but a vegetation aroma that wafts out of the steeped leaves. It is very much the aroma of things growing in springtime. The liquid is surprisingly mild, there is very little aroma except for a delicate hint of vegetal, specifically spinach.

The taste is mild, mixing fresh spring green with a touch of bitterness that is similar to arugala. The comparison to bitter greens is actually not far off with this tea, it is a touch bitter, a touch savory, and a touch vegetal. There is also a gentle smokey aftertaste that fades fairly quickly. This tea is not a bad tea but it is also not one to write home about, I found it unspectacular and would choose other greens over this tea. I did find that as it cools it takes on a sweet and floral note which makes me curious as to how it would taste as an iced tea. Perhaps I will have to give this tea another visit when Summer comes around again!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2013/12/upton-tea-import-young-hyson-tea-review.html

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I always do a resteeped pot of the tea that I make at night and chill it overnight in a mason jar to drink the next day. Sometimes, I taste different things in the cold tea than I did when it was hot or warm. This time there was little change. The chilled tea has a bit more bite, but still has a little bit of a murky stewed vegetable taste to it that I don’t like.

In the jar, it looks like I’ve got a urine sample on my desk with a straw in it. :| Also, it kind of smells like marijuana.

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Rich vegetal flavor. First steep was quite sweet and mouth-watering. Second steep was less sweet, more piquant with floral notes.

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Sipdown no. 4 of October 2019 (no. 103 of 2019 total, no. 591 grand total). A sample.

What’s interesting to me is that I thought the cinnamon note was from a previous tea in the original tasting note, but I sort of taste cinnamon in this, even where there is not any trace of cinnamon in the Breville. Also a bit of smoke, which leaves a sort of freshness in the mouth.

Nothing else to add to the original note.

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A little bit insipid. Nothing to write home about…nothing to complain about, either.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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