Canton Tea Company describes Jade Tips as growing in the high, cool, misty mountain air of Zhejiang. I noticed that it has many of the hallmarks of a tea that grows in such conditions. The tea leaves are small, likely from being in a colder climate. The tea has a rich, dark green appearance, likely from being on a misty mountainside. The dark green, twisted leaves have a grassy and vegetable scent. The smell however is not overpowering, but the aroma definitely makes itself present. This lends a sense of curiosity as to how it will brew.
I decided to brew 6 grams in a 150 ml gaiwan. With green teas, I usually don’t do a tea rinse, and I instead do a slightly longer first infusion. I started the first infusion at about 80 degrees celcius, with a duration of about 20 seconds. I noticed immediately that the vegetal smell became slightly stronger and a little sweeter.
The pale liqour is on the green, yellow spectrum. Upon tasting, I was surprised that the vegetal taste was not overpowering. Its quite mellow. Just as the initial scent prior to brewing seemed to indicate, the vegetal taste has a very steady presence. This is likely due to the high minerality of the tea. The tea also leaves a very pleasant, sweet aftertaste.
I ended up brewing this tea 7 times, with each infusion being increased by 5 seconds in the first 4 brews, and by 10 seconds after that. I could have kept brewing this more, but I felt content with 7 infusions. Even though this tea is quite mellow, the Jade Tips maintained their sweet, vegetal taste throughout the the 7 infusions. I felt like I could have brewed this tea even more and the sweet vegetal taste would still make its presence felt.
This is a tea I could enjoy drinking to begin a day, but I’m not sure I would want to pair it with a meal or with any sweets like chocolate. Its quite mellow but has a steady, sweet vegetal taste that should be enjoyed and not be put into the background by other flavors.
As Canton Tea Company mentioned, its a high-quality green tea that is surprisingly affordable. I would have to agree with this. It might be a suitable option as a staple drink while one drinks more expensive during the week. Jade Tips from Canton Tea Company was definitely a pleasant surprise, and I’m sure others will think so as well.