Huang Shan Mao Feng (黃山毛峯) is a supreme green tea produced in south-eastern part of Anhui Province of China. This is a highly regarded tea that can almost always be found on most of the lists for famous teas of China. This Mao Feng is characteristically light, with sweet vegetal notes and a particularly smooth taste. Grown at an elevation of over 800m, it was picked on 8 April 2023.
This tea is grown at the foot of Huangshan ‘Yellow Mountain’ (黃山) mountain range, an area that is famous for green tea production. Huangshan not only happens to be a popular tourist destination in China but is also an ideal location for tea growing. The cool and misty climate as well as mineral rich soil combine to produce flavoursome teas that have a high level of theanine and are rich in tannins and vitamins. Mao Feng (毛峯) translates into English as ‘Fur Peak’, referring to the small white hairs that cover the young dry leaves. So the full name of Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea is normally translated into English as ‘Yellow Mountain Fur Peak’.
This Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea was hand picked using only carefully selected young leaves. The finished dry leaves are mostly whole, exhibiting a bud plus one or two young leaves. The appearance of them is very straight and pointed, the result of the skilful processing. Utilising the buds and the smallest of the leaves results in a particularly delicate tea.
The long green leaves of Huang Shan Mao Feng tea produce a pale liquor with a light floral aroma. A brilliantly clean and refreshing tea, it is also smooth and balanced. It is mild with no astringency and it has a light, mouth-watering aftertaste. The profile is vegetal and a little grassy, with a savoury undercurrent. The taste further develops with sweeter notes and light flavours of fruits, such as apricots and peaches.
This green tea 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. This method produces a light and mild liquor. It is also possible to brew for longer or use larger proportion of leaves to water for a stronger flavour. 5g to 250ml of water, at 80°C for 1 minute for a lighter flavour and 2 minutes for a stronger flavour.
This Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea will be featured in our June 2020 Curious Tea Subscription Boxes.