From the Hubei province in China, this organic tea is produced at high elevations and is also known as Green Jade and Jade Cloud. With dark green, needle-like leaves that are finely rolled, this organic and Fair Trade Certified tea has a light-bodied brew with low astringency, a slight sweetness, a kelp-like vegetal quality and a lingering, pleasant aftertaste. Its unique sweetness is unlike other grades of Chinese green tea such as Mao Feng which are also needle-like in appearance.
Ingredients: organic Chinese green tea
Serving Size: two teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: For those of you who remember our Jing Mai Green Tea, this Five Peaks Green Dew Green Tea is the closest equivalent we have found!
Posted by Dimitra on 8th Mar 2015
What struck me the most about this tea was the aroma prior to drinking it. Freshly cut hay comes to mind. The flavor was similar to the aroma: brown vegetal/kelp and just a bit sweet. I prefer the grassy green vegetal flavor of Japanese green teas, but it is a very nice tea, and paired well in the afternoon with a scone.
Posted by Bob on 8th Mar 2015
I am more of a Japanese green tea fan, but this is a good Chinese tea. It hearkens back to my Coca-Cola drinking days as a youth, with a caramelized acidity.
Posted by JoeB on 16th Apr 2014
At first taste, I thought this Chinese green lacked character. After making it a touch stronger, some sweet/fruity flavor mingled with the green tea taste. Now, it's peasant, re-freshing, and on the lighter side. Probably better suited to afternoon than morning, but that's a matter fo taste, eh?
Posted by Adam on 23rd Aug 2013
I am more of a Japanese tea lover, but I have to admit, this tea is great. The description is on track when it states that it has a sweetness to it. It has a very subtle flavor to it almost, to me, of a white tea. It brews a very light liquor that gives a wonderful aroma. You do have to use a little more than some other teas but it makes all the difference in the world as I believe the tea would be to weak if you used less than two teaspoons. I believe that this would be a wonderful tea for people just starting to try green teas. As always, another wonderful tea from the best place to by high quality tea. Thanks Arbor Tea!
Posted by Richard Sitorius on 23rd Jan 2012
This is a delightful cup of tea when steeped precisely right. I found it to be somewhat less forgiving when I wasn't paying attention to my tea pot that was steeping, and let it go too long. But when done correctly it's delicious!
Posted by Rene on 18th Dec 2011
Wow, what a nice vegetal, sweet tea! For those who like the green, vegetal taste ... try it! You might just fall in love with this one! A definitive buy for me and the beginning of a love relationship :-) Thank u Arbor Team!
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: two teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
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