Ming Qian Huang Shan Mao Feng (明前黃山毛峯) is a an early spring Ming Qian green tea produced in the south-eastern part of Anhui Province of China. This tea hails from Daguyun village (大谷运村), a location that is in the core of the Huangshan tea growing area. It delivers those classic fresh early spring Mao Feng flavours encapsulated in a smooth and soft mouthfeel. We source it via our sourcing partner based in Huangshan City who deals with the farmers directly. This current limited batch is the 12 March 2021 pre-Qing Ming harvest.
This tea is part of our new 2021 Rare & Limited tea selection. Due to high demand, especially locally in China, there is an extremely limited quantity of this particular fine tea available every year. Once this batch is sold out, we will not be able to bring it back in stock until next spring.
There are many areas around Huangshan that produce good Mao Feng green tea. The most prominent one is the town of Fuxi, where Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea originated from. Fu Xi Mao Feng is certainly the most famous one but the reputation and demand for it results in sky-high pricing. But apart from Fuxi there are other villages that produce excellent teas that may not be as famous but that provide similar quality. This version hails from Daguyun village, located in She County (Shexian) that falls under the jurisdiction of Huangshan City. The village is famous for producing of the ‘three treasures’: tea, tobacco and chillies! The production of tea here is somewhat larger when compared to our slightly more refined version from Wugongling, hence the pricing is a little more affordable. It is still an excellent early spring Huang Shan Mao Feng that is carefully grown and hand processed.
This Ming Qian Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea consists of very neat pointy green leaves, mostly consisting of 1 bud plus two leaves. The dry leaf of the fresh tea has a wonderful heady aroma. It produces a very light, bright liquor with a lightly grassy aroma. The fresh clean taste is vegetal, with creamy notes that have a sweet floral edge. This is nicely complimented by some additional fresh hay top notes. Unlike some other early spring green teas, it does not have that savoury umami edge. The soft yet full mouthfeel progresses to a lasting mellow, refreshing aftertaste. As expected, there is no astringency or dryness.
It is best brewed at 80°C for 2-3 minutes according to your taste and can be brewed more than 3 times, increasing steeping time with each next brew if desired. Due to delicate nature we suggest using good quality filtered or spring water to get the best out of this tea. Also excellent when brewed gong fu style in a porcelain gaiwan.
Location of Daguyun village in Huangshan.