Huangshan Maofeng

Green Tea 2020

Huang Shan Mao Feng’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.

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Tea Origin
She County, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, China

Tea Bush
Huangshan Da Ye Quntizhong (Yellow Mountain Large Leaf 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.

Cultivation

Rows of tea bushes for Huangshan Maofeng in front of the buildings of the tea factory.
Huangshan Maofeng tea factory and garden.

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.

Harvest

Close-up view of the young leaves on a tea bush.
The Huangshan Da Ye Quntizhong tea bush used to make Huangshan Maofeng.

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.

Processing

Fried green tea leaves on a conveyor belt.
Huangshan Maofeng dried by an oven on a moving conveyor belt.

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 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.