Huang Shan Wu Gong Ling Mao Feng (黃山蜈蚣岭毛峯) is a an early spring Ming Qian green tea produced in the south-eastern part of Anhui Province of China. Hailing from Wugongling village (蜈蚣岭村), this is a top grade tea that delivers the light and fresh flavours with complex notes and a mellow aftertaste. We source this tea via our sourcing partner based in Huangshan City who deals with the farmers directly. This is the best Huang Shan Mao Feng that we do at Curious Tea. The 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 Wugongling village, located in She County (Shexian) that falls under the jurisdiction of Huangshan City. The name of the village translates as centipede hill, although the origin of the name is unclear. Wugongling village averages around 600m and is surrounded by carefully planned and maintained tea terraces built on the steep hill slopes that are often covered in mist and fog. The terraces were created and tea plants planted between 1960-1970. While not as famous, the tea grown here is of excellent quality and is grown and hand crafted in a traditional way.
This Huang Shan Wu Gong Ling Mao Feng green tea consists of very neat pointy dark green leaves, mostly made of one bud plus two leaves. The dry leaf of the fresh tea has a wonderful heady aroma. It produces a delicate bright liquor with a faint fruity aroma. The flavour profile is very well balanced, with the flavours complimenting each other. The soft mouthfeel has a verdant profile that is fresh and bright. The taste reveals lightly grassy and vegetal notes that are highlighted by a lightly toasted nutty aspect. There is plenty of sweetness on the mouthfeel too that is very enduring and carries through to the lasting 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 Wugongling village and tea terraces (zoom in to see the tea terraces to the south of the village).