So, if we take ‘normal’ teabags out of our minds for a second and remember that tea comes from a plant, it’s not so surprising that tea could be green in colour. That’s right, green tea isn’t tea from the planet Krypton, it’s just the tea plant which has undergone minimal oxidation during processing!
That doesn’t mean green tea doesn’t have some superhuman qualities though. It’s become popular for its well-studied health benefits, from speeding up your metabolism to its high antioxidant levels, useful in preventing some cancers.
The health properties are a great motivator for trying green tea and I’m sure sales will boost on January 1st, but what happens next? We either become converted and become green tea addicts, or have a bad cup and conclude that it’s not for us as we’re not ‘health freak’ enough - willing to go to any lengths for a superhuman body. We just want a nice cup of tea.
I’ve tried various green teas and know enough to say that it can bring you refreshing aromas, worth drinking purely for this reason and not just for some weight-loss chore.
So if we want to turn our tastebuds to what green tea really has to offer, we had better look at the exceptional ‘JING’ teas who source their tea producers first hand. They’re a fairly young company but so well regarded you’ll likely be drinking their teas if you’re in a 5* hotel such as Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa.
To prepare, stick on the kettle (with filtered water if available) until just before boiling so the water’s around 80c. Being loose tea you have control over the strength of the tea, so heat the teapot first and then infuse the tea for around 3 minutes. To avoid steeping too far, take out the tea strainer or pour into a separate teapot.
It’s a tea you can drink throughout the day, great in the afternoon but perhaps go easy in the evening, as there’s still some Theine/caffine in green tea!
Tea ware has a rich history in China and it’s said that Fine China or Cast Iron teapots would suit green tea the best. Also if you simply rinse the teapot afterwards, you’ll build up more taste over time!
Once brewed for around 3 minutes, there is a spring-fresh and fruity aroma. But don’t be fooled, this is a well-defined, grassy tea that makes no apologies! It has a creamier texture than the Jade Sword with hazelnut notes, which stays with you into the aftertaste. This tea is perfect any time of the day but I had to be careful with the steeping as I was getting close to bitter! I loved the smell but I’m not a huge nut fan and it left me feeling slightly dry as opposed to refreshed. However, there’s a great demand for orthodox dragon well and if you like a full, grassy green tea – and nuts - you’ll love this one.
|pearls steeped to make full leaves|
This is definitely my favourite type of green tea and possibly my favourite out of all teas. I wonder what men think of this scent, do they mind the perfumery? Aside from that I think this would be a good choice for someone who wants to ease carefully into green tea as the jasmine makes it so much more enticing.