High Mountain Green Tea Review

High Mountain Green Tea from China packaging
I’m excited to review a brand new tea to me! My International student this year is from Shanghai and he brought me High Mountain Green Tea from China. It came in a beautiful box with two sealed containers of tea nested in celadon colored satin.

I opened one of the containers and was immediately assailed by the scent of green fields. Have you ever walked through a farm before the plants begin to fruit and the smell of chlorophyll and leaves pervade the air? Bingo.

Since my ability to read kanji is limited to about six characters, I made an educated guess and brought the water to 85°C (185°F) and steeped it for 2.5 minutes. Because the leaves were freshly picked this season, I needed to add half a teaspoon more tea to my pot before the taste was just right.

When I write my tea reviews, I tend to follow a formula. You can read all about my method and what each taste means in my post on the art of sipping tea.

Scent of the brewed tea: Fresh, slightly nutty, very green.

Taste in the Front: Smooth, with a fresh green flavor somewhere between just picked basil or spinach. It’s not overly astringent, which accounts for the smoothness.

Taste in the Sides: There is only a slight hint of tingle along the sides of my tongue.

Taste in the Back: My whole mouth feels quite satiny. Despite that I am drinking the tea hot, as soon as the thermal heat dissipates, my mouth feels cool and there is sweetness at the front and back of my tongue. Refreshing – especially since I made a Thai eggplant stir-fry for lunch with lots of garlic in it. *grin*

Overall, I find this a yummy and refreshing tea. I’d love to hear more opinions, though. If any locals want to give this tea a try, please let me know and I’ll arrange a tea party.

High Mountain Green Tea review chart

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1 comment to High Mountain Green Tea Review

  • You make me want to drink green tea for the experience. I prefer raw, young Puerh which is a green version of the stuff. I don’t like the ripe, cooked, or aged “black” Puerh. There’s an analogy also between green Puerh and regular green tea. –Teaternity