Getting back to the samples provided by Teaneer Teas and Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms, the Panfired green tea looks most interesting to me today.
Although Teaneer and Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms do not have an official website, or at least one that I can find, they are present on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter as Teaneer. Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms is located in the Nilgiri district of south India.
The sample pack has been opened, and the appearance of these dry leaves has sparked my interest. Let the journey begin…
The dry leaves have a dark green color with yellow blotches. There are also some smaller silver tips. The leaves are twisted. Most of the leaves appear to be whole, unbroken leaves with stem attached. The pluck is mostly two and a small bud, but some of the leaves appear to have the third leaf on the stem, as well. Others are large fragments. There are no bare stems or twigs. The aroma has scents of sweet wood, sweet hay, and a light fruity hint. I can say that I have never seen a tea with an appearance similar to this tea. Although I assume that the yellow blotches on the leaves are the result of the panfiring process, I wish I knew more about the in depth chemistry that leads to this occurrence.
Five grams of dry leaves were placed in a 9.4 ounce (280 ml) Tokoname teapot. Purified spring water was heated to 175°F (75°C). The leaves were infused for one minute on the first infusion, thirty seconds on the second infusion, and forty-five seconds on the third infusion.
The first infusion produced a liquor with a light, pale jade greenish yellow color, clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of roasted nuts, light wood, and light hay. The body is light, with a round texture. The taste has notes of wood, roasted nuts, grass, and a light floral hint. The aftertaste is grassy and floral.
The second infusion produced a liquor with a more specific light, pale jade green color, less yellow tint. The aroma retains the scents of roasted nuts, wood, and hay. The body and texture are the same as the first infusion. The taste is also very similar, with the grassy character taking over some of the roasted nut note. The wood and floral notes are the same, as well as the grassy and floral aftertaste.
The third infusion has an identical color to the second infusion. The aroma, body, and tastes are slightly lighter, but retain the same general descriptions as the second infusion. This third infusion had plenty of aroma and flavor to offer.
As usual with the teas from Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms, the infused leaves look and smell very fresh. The color is a uniform bright, lively forest green. The leaves are long and narrow. The pluck is mostly two and a small bud, with some having the third leaf included in the pluck. There are a few longer, more generous buds in the mix, as well. The majority of leaves are whole and unbroken. The remaining leaves are large fragments. The aroma is very fresh, and has scents of wet wood, fresh grass, and flowers.
In the past, I have had a hard time appreciating panfired green teas. They never tasted bad to me, but I just could not find the high level of pleasure that other tea enthusiasts have found in them. What I can say about this Teaneer Panfired green tea is that it is one of the panfired green teas that I did find pleasurable, and there were no aspects that I found unpleasant. In my world of panfired green teas, it holds a respectable place towards the top of the list. The appearance of the dry leaves is very interesting, and the appearance of the infused leaves is beautiful. The care and effort put into the teas from Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms is evident in all of their products, and this Panfired Green Tea certainly fits that mold perfectly.
Thank you to Teaneer and Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms for providing this sample of Panfired green tea. Cheers!