Masters Teas’ Bai Hao Yin Zhen

Bai Hao Yin Zhen by Masters Teas
White Tea / Straight
$29.00USD for 1.5oz

Masters Teas has provided me with Bai Hao Yin Zhen for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Bai Hao Yin Zhen came in a sealed, resealable pouch. I’m tickled at the opportunity to try the April 2021 harvest of this tea, after having had the April 2020 harvest. The leaves come from Fujian, China, and were harvested in this year. As with most of the teas from Masters Teas, the teas are single origin and description of the farmers and location – which is a nice little touch that you don’t get with a tea that isn’t single origin.

Bai Hao Yin Zhen is also known as Silver Needle, and one of the trademark characteristics for a good Silver Needle is to be covered with those fuzzy feathery parts on the leaves. These leaves are green or fuzzy white. The leaves are soft and have a very faint, sweet and floral aroma and are just really pretty to look at. I do wish that the aroma was stronger, to give me a better idea of what’s to come, but I’m still eager to taste it.

Preparation

Masters Teas recommends steeping Bai Hao Yin Zhen in 170°F (77°C) water for 2 to 3 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep of Bai Hao Yin Zhen for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Bai Hao Yin Zhen steeps to a pale yellow. It has a sweet floral aroma. It’s a faint colour, but the flavour is interesting. I find it to be a blend of light floral sweetness, with a hint of hay or grass. It makes for a complex blend, as I find it difficult to determine where one flavour ends and the other begins – it’s so well blended with a nice hint of sweetness to round it all out.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Bai Hao Yin Zhen seven times (eight steeps total with the same leaves), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. The flavour deepened – more grassy and straw and less floral as I steeped. It lacked sweetness by the end of my steeping session of the leaves.

My Overall Impression

I loved Masters Teas’ Bai Hao Yin Zhen. This was definitely pleasant to drink and experience from the dry leaf to steeped tea. I admired the beauty in the dry leaf, and then getting to taste the tea as I went through the steeps was a real treat. I would definitely recommend resteeping these leaves, and enjoy having it hot or perhaps cold steeped or iced – it certainly has a pleasant flavour to it with the grassy notes throughout.

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Masters Teas’ Shi Feng Long Jing

Shi Feng Long Jing by Masters Teas
Green Tea / Straight
$29.00USD for 1.5oz

Masters Teas has provided me with  Shi Feng Long Jing for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Getting my hands on a newly harvested tea is a real treat. It came from Masters Teas in a sealed, resealable pouch. The packaging describes it as an early spring harvest from very young leaves – I have reviewed from the Shi Feng Long Jing from 2020 so getting to try the 2021 harvest is a nice treat.

The leaves themselves are incredibly uniform – long flat green leaves with a bright spring green. The aroma is brightly floral, sweet, and lightly vegetal that reminds me of spring grass. I love how evenly shaped the leaves are, it has just a beauty to it. This Shi Feng Long Jing is from Zhejiang, China and was harvested in April 2021.

Preparation

Masters Teas recommends steeping Shi Feng Long Jing in 170°F (77°C) water for 2 to 3 minutes. I opted to follow the steeping instructions and do an initial steep of 2 minutes.

First Taste

Shi Feng Long Jing steeps to a lovely yellow colour, the aroma has a nice brightness to it – I find notes of floral, grassy notes, and vegetal aromas when I lifted up the cup to inhale the aroma of this dragon well. The flavour is lightly sweet, with hints of grass, vegetal notes of dark leafy green vegetables. I found that Shi Feng Long Jing has a smoothness to it, a light thickened mouthfeel, and a nutty finish at the tail end of each sip.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Shi Feng Long Jing six times (seven steeps total), by adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. The colouring of Shi Feng Long Jing became a deeper yellow, with a stronger aroma and flavour that became less sweet and more nutty. It felt like it was maturing with each steep, and I found it to be quite tasty and enjoyable. The mouthfeel of Shi Feng Long Jing became just a touch astringent and I found myself wanting more.

My Overall Impression

I loved Masters Teas’ Shi Feng Long Jing. This was a lovely green tea to experience from dry leaf, through the steeping process, to the drinking and resteeping process. I found the flavour was tasty and the leaves steeped well. I enjoyed the sweetness that naturally occurs in the initial steep, and the changes in the flavour with each subsequent steep made for a pleasant experience with the little nuances in the flavour. This is definitely one to resteep as much as possible, and possible cold steep the leaves to coax more flavours out of the leaves.

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Masters Teas’ Huang Shan Mao Feng

Huang Shan Mao Feng by Masters Teas
Green Tea / Straight
$17.00USD for 1.5oz

Masters Teas has provided me with Huang Shan Mao Feng for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Never one to shy around from trying a green tea, I was happy to receive this in the mail from Masters Teas. It came in a sealed, resealable bag with some information across the front. Huang Shan Mao Feng is described as being a premium green ta with “plenty of fuzzy tea buds”. I didn’t see too much fuzziness in the bag, but the leaves are a bright vibrant green with such vein definition, that I can forgive them for that.

The leaves are beautiful and have a light floral yet fruity aroma to it. It just seems really delicate when I shake some out into my tea pot, the leaves are long and take up quite a bit of room, and has a nice sweetness to the smell. Huang Shan Mao Feng is from Anhui, China – presumably from Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) and was harvested in April 2021, so what a treat it is to steep it in July of the same year.

Preparation

Masters Teas recommends steeping Huang Shan Mao Feng in 170°F (77°C) water for 2-3 minutes. I followed steeping instructions for my initial steep.

First Taste

Huang Shan Mao Feng steeps to a pale yellow. The aroma is grassy and floral, the tea itself is smooth with a sweet floral flavour throughout. It has a nice lychee flavour – sweet, floral, fruity. It has a great mouthfeel to it – smoothness, sweet, fruity flavours. It’s a very light tea, sweet and some notes that remind me of snap peas – it makes for a nice vegetal flavour profile.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Huang Shan Mao Feng a total of five times (six steeps total), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. The floral sweet flavour became more intense with each steep, peaking at the second resteep. The leaves open up quite a bit, and become more light green – it reminds me a lot of a spring grass colour. The colour of the tea becomes a deeper golden yellow in colour as the flavour becomes stronger.

My Overall Impression

I loved Masters Teas’ Huang Shan Mao Feng. This single origin green tea is a treat from start to finish, with a nice aroma in the dry leaf, a great flavour, and resteeps well. It does make for a nice cup of tea, it steeps beautifully and it’s lovely to see the leaves as they open with each steep. The lightness in flavour makes for a cup of tea that could pair nicely with a dessert or savoury dish.

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