Huangshan Maofeng Green Tea
Maofeng tea from Anhui’s Yellow Mountain is one of the the oldest and most famous green teas in China. Pour a bit of hot water over these dainty emerald-green leaves, and they will fill the air with a rich fruity fragrance. The beverage is pleasantly mellow with delicate overtones of currants and apricots.
Why we like it?
One of the greatest things about this tea is its fruity fragrance. Smell the leaves in gaiwan in between the brews, and you will notice that the mellow aroma of currants will be there even after six-seven brews. The shape, color, and the white coating of the leaves is quite appealing visually. For us personally, huangshan maofeng is a must-have green for tea ceremonies. The spectacle of delicate leaves dangling and swelling up in water in combination with invigorating fruity fragrance is the easiest way to captivate the audience and preclude a lecture on tea-related topics.
Roman’s personal score: 90/100
Miha’s personal score: 87/100
The scores above represent how the Daoli co-founders Miha and Roman feel about each particular tea. The ratings are given on 0 to 100 scale and are absolutely subjective. We simply translate into numbers our first impression about this tea.
General steeping suggestions
Tea can be steeped in a tea pot, gaiwan, or a strainer placed right in your cup. Feel free to experiment with time, temperature, and quantity. If tea feels a bit strong or bitter, just use less leaves or steep it for a shorter period of time.
The purpose of the first brew is to rinse the leaves, so it shouldn’t last more than five seconds and should be discarded. Pour the hot water again. This time, steep it for longer periods. Avoid leaving the leaves soaking in water between brews, because it makes tea taste bitter and steals a lot of its flavor. If used properly, about six grams of tea leaves can yield several middle-size cups of excellent tea.
Chinese people enjoy the original taste of tea, so they never use milk, sugar, or lemon.
Steeping suggestions for Huangshan Maofeng
Start with this, then experiment:
- one serving: 6 grams (0.2oz – about 1 tsp)
- water: ~ 80 °C, 100-250 ml (~ 175°F, 3-9oz)
- time: 30-120 seconds
- number of infusions: 5-7
- discard the first brew
Maofeng is a very delicate green tea, and although it could be infused for up to several minutes, we recommend keeping infusion time around 30 seconds. You could also try cold-steeping huangshan maofeng – it will take a while, but you will be able to harness all of its goodness.
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