Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea: Tea Vivre

Huang Shan Mao Feng by Tea Vivre

Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea by Tea Vivre

This Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea  arrived today in Tea Vivre’s 2014 Spring collection. Oh! and with a lovely silk scarf! Wow!!

Tea Vivre shipment with scarf

Tea Vivre 2014 Spring tea samples with silk scarf

Let’s see what’s inside. I open the packet and inhale. Green. Sweet, sweet green, flowery buzz! It’s really intoxicating! Not grassy though. A little floral, and a little like fresh baking. The leaves are thin, twisted wires.

I’m using a gaiwan, so rinse the tea first and then steep for 30 seconds at 80 degrees. It’s very light… a very very pale off-clear colour. It barely looks like tea! The leaves are BRIGHT green, though!

The first sip is very mild, and yet, stronger than it looks. How can I explain that?  It’s creamy, nutty, like chestnuts, with a hint of grass and lima beans?!  There’s a little floral perfume-y taste, but no bitterness at all. It’s very subtle and clean and I’m left with a somewhat nutty taste, like pecans. It’s so delicate, I think some people wouldn’t taste it at all.

I leave the next steep quite a bit longer. 3 minutes. It still has almost no colour. Hm… Now it tastes a bit grassy. The perfume is gone.

Mao Feng in teacup

Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng in Grandma’s teacup

*UPDATE* August 13, 2014

Tried this tea again… WOW!! It’s so MUCH BETTER this time!! I used more leaf and steeped it longer. No rinse! About 2 minutes later, it is INCREDIBLY pure, sweet, smooth, and creamy!! Not vegetal, Not lima beans, Not grassy. Just clean, delicate sweetness with a hint of floral perfume. There’s a tiny bit of astringency at the end. NOW I see why this is such a highly rated tea. It’s very fine. But you need a lot! And you need to steep it long!! 30 seconds just won’t do! BEAUTIFUL!!!

 

 

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