HUANG SHAN MAO FENG | 2022 HEIRLOOM
Experience: the flavours and scents of bamboo groves in Anhui or Zhejiang, right after a rainy day in spring. Notes of fresh greens, flowers, and freshly cooked bamboo shoots.
Harvest: April 6, 2022 (one day after the Year of the Tiger's Qing Ming Festival).
Micro Region: She County, Huang Shan, Anhui (29.7°N 117.6°E)
Farming / Production Supervisor: Wang Qiangsong
Cultivar: heirloom Huang Shan Da Ye
We very seldom source and release green tea in winter; this year, however, we sold out of most of our pan-fired greens in December. Fortunately, we found this very delicious batch to keep green tea lovers supplied until the 2023 harvest (March / April).
HUANG SHAN MAO FENG 黄山毛峰
Huang Shan (黄山), literally translated as Yellow Mountain, is often referred to as the most famous and culturally important mountain range in China. According to legend, it is in this mountain that Shen Nong (yup… the guy who ‘discovered’ tea) ascended to heaven from 黄山. It is, nowadays, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a most important origin for tea.
Heavily influenced by Confucianism, Chinese scholars often produce lists: the top 10 mountains, the best water for tea, and (of course) the most important teas in China. I haven’t seen a single one of those lists that does not feature Huang Shan among the mountains and Mao Feng among the teas.
Mao Feng is a pan-fired green tea, quite different from the steamed teas that are popular in Japan. After firing, the tea is very lightly rolled and dried. Because of this, as you brew the tea, the leaves will open and strongly resemble freshly picked, LIVE leaves.
Brewing Suggestions: we highly recommend enjoying this tea like most people do north of the Yangtze River, with the technique often called 'grandpa style'. For this tea, we recommend:
- Add 50ml of water at 75ºC to 4g of tea leaves. Swirl gently, allowing the leaves to hydrate over 45" - 60". This is a very good moment to appreciate the aroma of the leaves.
- Add another 150ml of water, also at 75ºC. Patiently wait another 60" - 90" and sip.
- After drinking ~70% of your glass, refill the cup with water at 85ºC - 90ºC.
You may enjoy chewing on a few tea leaves as you sip!
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