I took 2 hours off this afternoon to enjoy 2 excellent green teas from China (samples sent by a very dear blog reader). The weather turned warm and sunny today in Taipei (26 degrees) and it was perfect to artfully brew these fine teas. Let me first show you where I went to brew my tea:
A look on the left:
A look on the right (you can see a tall blue 'cloud' in the background. It's Taipei 101, the world's tallest building.)
Now let's focus on the teaware. Notice my Sung dynasty ever filled with hot water.
Now have a look at the dry leaves. The tea is called Azure Mountain Green Water. I had never heard about it before.
I use the old ever and find the small flow of water very elegant and appropriate for the delicate green tea:
Very interesting green leaves. They look like (very small) pineapple leaves.
It tastes a little bitter, sour and very fragrant like old fashioned fruit candy when I was a kid. A very persistant fragrance, a sign of a high quality. It was really nice to discover this tea and I want to take this opportunity to thank the several kind readers who have sent me amazing teas to taste.
Let me add another picture of my old ever that made this brewing even more special. That it fits well with this tea is no coincidence: Sung dynasty ware was mostly used for green tea.