Tasting Notes: Full and round jade-colored liquor with a lightly marine and herbaceous character finished by rich notes of hazelnut and sunflower seeds.
Produced in the Jiangxi province, this superior, loose leaf Chinese green tea is full of lively silver buds and delicate, young leaves.
Brewing to a gorgeous pale jade liquor, Wuyuan Zi Mei is full of lively grace with a sustained vegetal character and classically nutty finish.
Your Wuyuan Zi Mei is best steeped at 175-185 degrees F for 2 minutes. Western-style brewers may expect 2-4 steeps from this beautiful Chinese green tea, while those brewing in the traditional gongfu style with a gaiwan may enjoy 4-6 steeps.
Green tea is especially high in chatechins (which have been proven to help in weight loss and lowering LDL) and free-radical fighting antioxidants. Get every last drop out of your leaves by using spent leaves to flavor broths, rice, and noodles!
Japanese green teas are best brewed between 170-180 degrees for 1 - 2 minutes. Chinese green teas are best brewed between 175-185 for 3 - 4 minutes.
What is Green Tea?
Green tea, like white tea, is made from buds and young leaves. After the initial withering phase the tea is rolled or twisted to release the essential oils of the leaves. This additional handling causes the leaf to begin to oxidize, a process which if left alone, would produce black tea. In order to stop this process at the right time (roughly 30% oxidation) the producer introduces heat in one of two ways: with steam (the Japanese style) or with dry heat (the Chinese style). These two different styles produce two broad types of green tea. The Japanese style is dark green, glossy, and deeply vegetal while the Chinese style is lighter in color and introduces an elegant toastiness to the tea.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. Although green tea is promoted as having the highest antioxidants of all types of tea, varying factors change antioxidant contents between all types of tea. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.