TASTE & APPEARANCE
Lightly sweet hints of apricot & orchid
Pale green infusion
TIME OF DAY & CAFFEINE LEVEL
Yellow Mountain, Anhui
3-4g in a teapot, use boiled water cooled to 80°C. Infuse for 1-2 minutes.
From the Chinese province of Anhui, it is one of China’s 10 famous teas. The name Mao Feng now denotes a term in tea manufacture for the picking of a bud and two leaves of equal length or a bud and a single leaf, however the name itself mean Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) Mao Feng (Fur Peak). Fur peak is due to both the high altitude at which the tea grows and also the pointy, furry appearance of the leaves once processed.
Huang Shan Mao Feng tea is noted for its amazing orchid fragrance and fresh, sweet taste. Once dried the leaves are a slightly yellowish green and covered with silvery hair. The locals have a saying regarding the brewing "the first cup is most fragrant, the second is the sweetest and the third is the strongest"
This tea is grown at an altitude of more than 800m and is hand-harvested in early Spring before the rains (pre-Qing Ming). Its farming methods are biodynamic organic farming from indigenous Huang Shan cultivar.
The Myth of Mao Feng
The myth surrounding Mao Feng states that a young man and a beautiful young girl who worked on a tea plantation fell in love. One day an evil dictator decided he would like to have the young girl for himself so he kidnapped her. When she escaped she discovered that the tyrant had killed her love. She wept so much that she turned into the rain and her lover’s body grew into a tea bush. This is said to be the reason why the area is so cloudy and humid all year round.