Still not sure about what to start with? This tea tasting set selects five classic Chinese teas, which are all great basic representatives of their distinct category. The selection ranges from the least oxidized to the most, displaying various sensory characteristics that you may get from Chinese teas. Each of them is naturally scented and harvested from a high-quality tea farm. The set is a perfect gift to treat yourself, or for the ones you love, or to impress the guests at a party.
White Tea: Moonlight 1st Grade (无量风月) 4g /Wuliang Mountain, Yunnan
is an lightly-oxidized white tea. As a smart start for beginners, the brewed tea leaves exude a floral smell, with its liquor, light brown in color, launching an immediate mellow and honey syrupy taste on the tongue.
Green Tea: Maofeng 1st Grade (毛峰一级) 8g /Simao Area, Yunnan
a lightly-oxidized green tea, would bring you a sense of freshness of the spring – the season of its harvest. The key attribute of this tea is the complex mixture of both sweet and bitter in its flavor, while the notes give off a unique umami aroma. It has a charming vegetal aroma of corn and asparagus. Perfect choice for recharging.
Oolong Tea: Formosa Milky Oolong (金萱奶香乌龙) 10g /Jiayi, Taiwan
is a semi-oxidized Oolong, with its key attribute, however personally, being the resilient sweetness even after several minutes. The brew is smooth, and the taste is vegetally sweet with a note of orchid in a mix of mellow, fresh and heavy texture.
Red Tea: Dianhong Golden Tip (滇红金针) 8g /Pu'er county, Yunnan
however has the color of its tea leaves alternating between gold and brown. The brew takes on an amber red, while delivering warm and soothing infusions with notes of sweet potatoes rising from the cup.
Pu'er Tea: Raw Pu'er (普洱生茶) 8g / Lincang, Yunnan
undergoes a much slower, natural post-fermentation process that at its best preserves the vegetal taste of the leaves and slowly ages into surprising transformations. The liquor tastes very mild at the beginning, but only after a while would its subtle sweetness emerge on the tongue, lasting to even several minutes.