Huangshan Maofeng Tea Introduction
Originating from Anhui province, Huangshan Maofeng (also known as the Yellow Mountain Fur Peak) is one of the most famous green teas in China. Instead of picking all leaves and buds, farmers who grow Huangshan Maofeng only pick leaves that are next to the newly formed tea buds. That process creates a unique tasting tea that will instantly win you over.
Before we get into the flavor and fragrance of Huangshan Maofeng tea, it is important to first acknowledge its unique shape. Because the leaves are picked very early, they are covered in white, fuzzy hairs and have a recognizable needle-like shape, reminding many of mountain peaks, hence the name Maofeng (Mao – fluffy, Feng – mountain peak). The color of the leaves is a very bright and vibrant green which is very pleasant to the eye. It’s important to note these visual components of Huangshan Maofeng because there are many non-genuine ones out there. Some stores sell low quality Maofeng and those leaves are usually very dark in color, removed of the white hairs, and simply do not have the aroma or taste that matches the original. You can recognize real Huangshan Maofeng by its complex and fragrant smell instantly. The color in the teapot will be a stunning yellowish green while the leaves become soft and even brighter. Upon tasting this famous green tea, a very smooth and mild flavor can be noticed, with a slight floral aftertaste. What really stands out is how refreshing this green tea is. If you’re not into strong and overwhelming flavors and aromas, this is a nice mild green tea that appeals to a very large audience.
Huangshan Maofeng tea contains a very small dose of caffeine which makes it great for anyone who wants to drink less caffeine or find an alternative to coffee. If you drink it in the morning, it will give you a much needed energy boost, but you won’t feel twitchy or over-caffeinated. Your cognitive function, focus, and concentration will improve without the negative side effects. It will also not keep you awake at night, so it’s definitely safe to drink later in the day as well.
Taste and Smell Profile
• Flavor: Very gentle with a slight floral overtone
• Color: Yellowish green
• Smell: Fragrant and refreshing
Biluochun Tea Profile
• Before Brewing: Flattened with a silver dust coating
• After Brewing: Soft and bright
About AiryTea Huangshan Maofeng Tea Package
• Tea Type: Huangshan Maofeng Tea
• Weight: 70g
• Shelf Life: 18 months
• Tea Storage Recommendation: Store it in a cool and dry place away from sunlight.
The History of Huangshan Maofeng Leaf Green Tea
Being familiar with the history and origin of each tea we consume adds character to the tea and makes the whole experience a lot more interesting. Knowing when and how the tea came about also makes us understand and appreciate the unique flavors and aromas of the tea even more. Huangshan in the name of this tea refers to the area where it is grown and made. The mountainous Huangshan area is just perfect for growing this type of green tea. It first originated in 1875 during the ruling of the Qing Dynasty and was produced ever since. However, there is a Chinese legend that speaks about the origin of Huangshan tea. The story goes that a young tea farmer girl fell in love with a young scientist. But a local landowner had his eyes on the girl and convinced her parents to make her marry him.
The girl was devastated but had to go on with the marriage. One day, she decided to run away from her husband and meet her beloved man. She then realized that her lover has been killed by the landowner as she wept by his grave. The tears of the young girl turned into strong rain and a tea tree started growing from the grave. That tea tree was a symbol of her beloved man and their love.
How is Huangshan Maofeng Tea Made?
Huangshan mountain area is located in the famous tea producing Anhui province in China. Maofeng tea leaves are picked in early spring, right after the Qing Ming festival in April. Only two young leaves along with the bud are picked and that’s what influences the distinctive flavor of this green tea. Only tea made from young leaves is considered to be genuine Huangshan. After the leaves are handpicked, they are then withered to remove excess moisture. This tea variety is not pan-fried, but roasted in the oven. That brings the oxidation process to a stop. The roasting is a very masterful and meticulous process that has to be done just right in order for the tea to be perfect.
Health Benefits of Huangshan Maofeng Tea
A list of Huangshan Maofeng tea is really long, like with other high-quality green teas. However, we encourage you to consume only organic Huangshan tea if you want to be healthy. Non-organic or low quality green teas are made out of bad ingredients and chemicals which are certainly not good for the body. Drinking only organic teas ensures that you’re consuming natural substances that can actually improve your health.
A large number of antioxidants in this tea will fight free radicals, protect you against cancer, and keep your immune system in check. This green tea also has antibacterial and diuretic properties which make it a perfect detox beverage that will remove all the harmful toxins from your body. If you have problems with high blood pressure, Huangshan green tea will lower it. However, because of that it is not recommended to people with low blood pressure. If you are trying to lose a couple of extra pounds, adding Maofeng tea to your diet might be extremely helpful. It will help your body burn fat at a much higher rate as well as make you feel less hungry which will stop binge eating. The last important property of this green tea is that it can make you incredibly calm and collected. You will feel your mind and body relax as you sip a delicious cup of Huangshan tea.
For more, please check our post green tea health benefits.
How To Brew Green Tea?
For the best tasting green tea, we recommend you use 2 grams of tea leaves per 6 ounces of water. If you like stronger tea, feel free to add more.
- The optimum water temperature for green tea is 160 - 170* F (70 - 80* Celsius).
- Please note that green tea leaves expand and release their flavors, so a bigger cup or strainer is recommended. Please avoid strainers and cups made of plastic materials.
- After you have boiled water and added tea leaves, let it sit in the cup / kettle for 60 seconds, then taste every 30 seconds until you find your favorite taste combination.
Green Tea Shipping Times
We are proud to offer two great shipping methods that will suit everyone’s needs.
Flat Rate Shipping
- Great for people who are not in a hurry and want to save on even more for green tea. This method will take around 10 to 30 days to arrive.
- For everyone who wants to try our green tea as soon as possible, pick this method and get your tea in just 1 to 5 business days.
Please note: this excludes handling time, which is usually less than 24 hours. However, if there are certain situations beyond our control (such as the post office being closed) it may take up to 72 hours for your package to be shipped.
If you have changed your mind regarding the tea, you can return the unopened package to us and we will be more than happy to give you a refund. Please contact us (with your order number) to proceed with the request.
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But since I had placed the order I decided to finish the batch, and I have to admit—it really grew on me. It’s not an overly strong tea, it seems to have a much lighter, mellower body than the comparative black teas I’ve tried and I found it very refreshing overall.
I don’t know that I would keep this one on hand all the time, but it really was a nice change of pace and I have since bought more for a friend who enjoys the same kind of light green teas similar to this one. Shipped fast, great customer service. (Posted on 9/23/2015)
- Great tea, great price Review by Lauren Lauren
This one has the body of a green tea, but the taste is much more mellow, gentle, and floral than the other varieties I’ve tried purchasing. It’s a great price for a really nice product, and it shipped much more quickly than I was expecting, too—no complaints at all and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a gentle alternative to other green tea blends! (Posted on 9/23/2015)
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