Formosa Mingjian Green Tea
Origin: Mingjian, Nantou,Taiwan 名間.南投.台灣
Style: None oxidized, light roasted, medium bodied, light floral aroma
Loose leaf style: Half ball
Loose leaf color: Dark green
Wet leaf style: Dark green
tea color: Golden green
This half ball shaped Formosa Mingjian Green Tea looks like Dongding Oolong, while maintains its none-fermented characteristics. It is lightly roasted (fired) to produce the distinct floral aroma. The tea is golden green in color, smooth and slightly sweet in taste. This is a great try as roasted Green Tea.
Brewing: Green tea is better with lower temperature infusion. For roasted green tea, water temperature around 80℃-85℃ (176F-185F) can reduce the dryness and bitterness of tea. For steamed green tea, try lower temperature around 70℃ (158F) for starting.
Use 0.8 tsp of Formosa Mingjian Green Tea for 120cc (5oz) 80℃-85℃ (176F-185F) water (or try lower), steam about 80 seconds for the first brew to unroll the leaves. 60-70 seconds for the second infusion, and add 20 seconds for the following infusions. Provides at least 5 infusions, up to 9 infusions. The tea leaves need to be fully expanded in the container, remember not to put too much loose tea to avoid over packed. One tip to keep in mind is the amount of dry loose tea should be around 1/5 or smaller of the teaware or container, after brewing, the tea leaves will expand to 80%-90% of the container. Once you get familiar with the tea, you may explore your own brewing method.
Teaware: Gaiwan, glassware, porcelain teaware are best for Green Tea. Gongfu teaware or Yixing pots are also good choices.