Huangshan Maofeng (Yellow Mountain)
Green Tea 2020
Huangshan Maofeng’s lightly sweet, clean, and smooth mild flavor is accompanied by a fresh floral aroma. This delicate early spring tea is a great everyday green tea.
- 2018 $11.94
- Tea Origin
- She County, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, China
- Tea Bush
- Huangshan Daye Quntizhong (Yellow Mountain Large Leaf Heirloom Tea Bush)
- Tea Master
- Wang Fangsheng and Wang Huizhou
- Harvest Time
- Early April
- Picking Standard
- One bud, two leaves
Huangshan Maofeng’s taste is very clean and smooth with a delicate sweetness and a fresh floral aroma. Maofeng tea leaves are not aggressively kneaded; the kneading step needs to be done very gently, only just enough to twist them into shape without breaking the fragile buds and young leaves of spring growth. The resulting natural leaf shape looks like it was just plucked from the bush. This particular tea is dried in an oven rather than pan fired, resulting in a very clean and soft aroma. All together, an economical and easy-drinking green tea.
Huangshan Maofeng is produced in She County, Huangshan City, which is famous for producing green tea. The leaves are grown in an organic tea garden 1,000 meters above sea level and far away from industrial areas. This garden does not have a formal organic certification because of the high cost of paying a certifying body, but the tea makers still take great care to grow their tea without the use of agricultural chemicals.
Plucking season for this tea begins just after the Qing Ming festival on April 5th. We have selected Huangshan Maofeng from the second harvest of the spring for its rich character and affordability. Producers will continue picking tea until early May for lower grades of tea, but this Maofeng is made only from leaves harvested early in the season. The plucking standard for this tea is one bud with two newly-opened leaves.
This tea is picked by hand and then carried back to the factory for processing. The leaves are withered naturally for a few hours before they are roasted at high heat in an oven to prevent oxidation. Then a lower-heat oven will slowly roast the tea in the span of two or three further sessions. The length and intensity of each roasting will depend on how much moisture is in the air.
The dry tea leaves are a fresh green color. When you brew this tea, the leaves will look just like the fresh leaves growing on top of the tea bush. The tea color is clean and translucent with a floral aroma. These bushes were grown around wild flowers and trees, which translates through the flavor of the tea.
Huangshan Maofeng (Yellow Mountain) brewing guidelines
Teaware: 12 oz. glass or porcelain pot
Amount: 2 Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 190°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 1 minute. The leaves are good for 3 infusions.