What is Yun Wu tea?
Yun Wu is a popular Chinese green tea, native to the Lushan Mountains of the Jianxi Province, but now grown in almost all major green tea regions in China. ‘Yun Wu’ translates to ‘clouds and mist’, thus referring to the microclimate ideal for premium tea farming. Yun Wu tea leaves are hand plucked in April and processed into tightly curled strips that eventually open up after several steeps.
Yun Wu has a lingering roasted chestnut aroma that complements its medium to full-bodied nature and sweet aftertaste. Regular Yun Wu drinkers describe its flavor as “primarily vegetal”, with “spinach and green bean notes”, along with some “peach-like fruity sweetness”. Though its “heavy/buttery quality” is a matter of personal preference, it is typically considered “a nice tea to drink with a meal”. Despite its poetic name, Yun Wu is a casual and reliable roasted green tea variety. It is produced mechanically in many Chinese regions and usually reasonably priced. Great everyday tea.
The highest quality Yun Wu comes from Lushan. To check the quality of your Yun Wu tea, observe its infused leaves. They should be whole leaves, large, dark green and delicate. They should be neither under-cooked (can be identified by a grassy aroma), nor over-toasted (having a burnt taste).