On the north side of Huang Shan Mountain is the home of one of China’s ten famous teas, a wild-foraged Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea, the bushes of which are nestled amongst unusually shaped granite peaks, dense forests of pine, and thick coverings of fog.
Huang Shan (“Yellow Mountain”) has been a source of artistic and literary inspiration for over 1000 years as well as a favorite location for travelers and adventurers. It’s no wonder that such a magical place is where the exciting Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea can be found.
Perhaps one of the most exciting qualities of Mao Feng is that it is extremely forgiving, and so it is a perfect tea for those new to the world of artisanal loose leaf tea.
No matter the temperature or amount of time steeped, one will find that this green tea lacks the same degree of bitterness and astringency that one finds with many other green teas that are not steeped just right. This makes Mao Feng Green Tea an excellent choice for grandfather style brewing when you want to take some of your tea leaves with you for the day.
This tea’s forgiving nature, however, should not be confused with being inferior in any way. Even those who have been drinking loose leaf tea for some time will find plenty of joy in this Mao Feng.
Perhaps one of the most noticeable qualities that this refreshing tea has is its unique flavor profile. I personally think this is best described as “honey in a cup.”
This excellent green tea with its distinctive pine needle like shape consisting of one bud and one leaf has a refreshing character to it, enticing your taste buds with tantalizing notes of orchid, orange blossom, and most notably, a nice, light spring-harvested honey! Such initial flavors invite one to steep this tea multiple times in order to discover what more it has to offer.
In our previous blog post, we explored the cost of loose leaf teas as opposed to bagged teas, and while we looked at our Keemun Fragrant Snail Black Tea, it’s worth sharing with you that those savings can be had with our other teas as well.
In the case of our Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea, at just $12.80 per 50 grams, this green tea promises to treat you with its honey-kissed flavor at just over $1 per serving. And if you steep your tea leaves up to three or four times, as we encourage you to do, this comes in at just 25-35¢ per serving.
Is there a better green tea at just approximately 30¢ per cup? One thing is certain: it won’t be easy to find one.