Hi everyone, I am back with another edition of “Can I Guess the Tea?” This tea has some special sentimental value. We are currently hosting an exchange student from China for a few weeks and she brought us all gifts from her home town, and my gift was Tea. I had no idea what kind of tea it was, because the packaging was in Chinese so I thought it would be another good way to test my tea knowledge (or lack thereof) yet again. So, without further ado, here it is:
Some of you may know already exactly what this is, and if I had some more knowledge, I would have too because it’s staring me in the face. But the fact that I am telling you this now shows that I am not trying to cheat at least, so there’s that 🙂
I can see that it is a green bud tea. I don’t know what it is yet, but I have something to go on, so I heated the water to 190F, I am thinking it should be a bit higher than the usual 180 because the tea is all buds and needs more energy to open up. I am giving myself two infusions to figure it out. After that, I have to guess or give up. First infusion was 15 seconds and second one was 20.
The color is very light yellow. I tasted notes of roasted vegetable, but mainly corn is the one I kept coming back to. It had a slight sweetness on the finish was nice. It was a good tea overall. So, what’s my guess?
I am a little embarrassed to say, but my first guess was Anji Bai Cha (In my defense, I have only tried it once). My 2nd guess was some kind of bud tea from Sichuan Province (which is where our student is from) I only guessed that because of the student’s hometown, not because I know what tea from that area tastes like.
So, did I get it right? No. The correct answer as I noted earlier, was staring me in the face. The only English words on the packaging – Zhuyeqing. I thought this was the name of the company, which it was, but it is also the name of the tea. It’s English name is Bamboo leaf tea. It is a bud tea that is grown in Sichuan province, so my second lucky guess was half right.
I went for four infusions, but probably should have stopped at three. It turned bitter at the end, but not undrinkable.
Overall, it’s a pleasant brew and could certainly be a good daily drinker green tea. I am beyond honored to have received it as a gift and I will forever treasure the memory that it will bring of our special guest.
Once again, tea brings people together, as it tends to do. Bye.