Tonight’s review will focus on the Green Tea from PT Harendong Green Farm, located near the Halimun Mountains, Banten Province, Indonesia. To learn more about PT Harendong Green Farm, check out their website here.
The sample pack has been opened, and this is the first green tea that I have seen in a semi-ball shape. Let the journey begin…
The dry leaves have a pale forest green to dark forest green color. The leaves are shaped into semi-balls. The leaves appear to be all large fragments or whole leaves, some with stems intact. The aroma is sweet, with scents of brown sugar, molasses, light sweet cream, and very light grass.
Five grams of dry leaves were placed in a 9.4 ounce (280 ml) Tokoname kyusu teapot. Filtered tap water was heated to 195ºF (90ºC). The leaves were infused for one minute thirty seconds. Note that I adjusted the water temperature to that which is more suitable for a wulong tea. Even though the product description says green tea, I am thinking that this is actually a wulong with very low oxidation. The appearance and aroma of the dry leaves point to a low oxidized wulong, and have very few characteristics in common with a true green tea.
The first infusion produced a liquor with a very light yellow color with a light jade green tint, clear and transparent. The aroma is light, with scents of light sweet cream and light flowers. The body is light, with a mildly creamy, silky texture. The taste is fairly delicate at first, but develops as subsequent sips are taken. The flavor notes include light flowers, light cream, very light citrus (lemon or pink grapefruit), and very light grass. There is a very light astringency as well. The aftertaste has light notes of flowers, and there is a respectably persistent flowery essence left on the breath.
The second infusion produced a liquor with a slightly darker shade of pale yellow color. The aroma is slightly more grassy, with woody, floral and very light citrus (grapefruit) scents. The aroma is quite different in this second infusion. The body remains light, and the texture is smooth, but not quite creamy or silky. The taste has notes of wood, grass, light flowers, and very light citrus (lemon or pink grapefruit). The astringency remains very light. The aftertaste remains floral, and the flowery essence is slightly stronger. This second infusion had some significant differences from the first infusion in terms of aroma and taste.
The third infusion produced a liquor with a slightly darker shade of pale yellow color than the second infusion. The aroma has light scents of wood, flowers, and citrus (grapefruit). The body remains light with a smooth texture. The taste is lighter, with notes of light wood, light citrus (pink grapefruit), very light flowers, and very light grass. The aftertaste is light, but the flowery essence remains respectable. Overall, this third infusion was lighter than either the first or second infusions, but it had enough aroma and taste to make it pleasurable to drink.
The infused leaves have a uniform fresh dark forest green color. The leaves are all very large fragments or whole leaves, many with stems intact. The leaves are long and broad, some measuring nearly three inches long (76 mm), and one and a half inches wide (38 mm). The appearance definitely is unlike any green tea that I have seen, and indicates a typical Taiwanese wulong, with a three or four leaf pluck. A few of the leaves have very light oxidation on the edges. The aroma has scents of wet wood and flowers. These are impressive infused leaves.
This Green Tea from PT Harendong Green was a delicate yet very refreshing experience. I was very surprised by the appearance and aroma of both the dry and infused leaves. It is definitely unlike any green tea that I have seen. If put in a blind analysis, I would immediately have thought this was a low oxidized wulong. Classifications aside, the infused leaves were very impressive, with large, unbroken leaves, and a pleasant aroma.
Another thank you to PT Harendong Green Farm for providing this sample of your Green Tea. Cheers!
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