Yun-Wu, translated Clouds-Mist, is grown high on the peaks of the Wuling Mountains, in the Hunan Province, high on a mysterious mountain (Meng-Ding) with blindingly thick fog which acts as a natural shade for growing tea.
The first picking of tea each spring here is called Clouds and Mist, but this one is one week later, and is processed using traditional Chinese pan-firing techniques, making it a more representative sample of green tea produced in Hunan.
The taste of this tea is considered "vegetal" meaning it is a green tea with slight seaweed, and unami notes, but it's also very floral and buttery. The mouthfeel is buttery smooth like buttercups, and there are floral and citrus notes to the aroma as well as the taste. It's rare to find so much texture in a green tea. It leaves a clean taste in your mouth. The leaves can be successfully steeped up to 3 times.
Using water over 175 degrees will cause the bitter tannins to be released, and essentially ruin this tea. To appreciate this tea, do not oversteep, and do not use too hot of water.
Tasting Notes: Buttery, Seaweed, Flowers, Sweet
Steep: 2 tsp of tea for 8oz water. Water temperature: 170. Steep time 2-3 minutes. Sweetener: None
Approximately 20 tsp in a 1 ounce package.