Xinyang Maojian-Xinyang Downy Tip-Standard
Xin Yang Mao Jian is one of China’s Ten Famous tea and is treasured for its refreshing taste and pleasant aroma.
Other names: Xin Yang Fur Tip, Xin Yang Hairy Tip
Origin: Xin Yang, Henan Province of China
Henan’s Xinyang prefecture has been famous for its Maojian tea since the Tang dynasty.
Though Xinyang is on the edge of the arid North China plain, the mountainous southern and western parts, crisscrossed by streams and brooks, have plenty of the clouds and mist needed for good tea. The finest and most tender Xin Yang Mao Jian tea leaves are picked from tea trees growing in the high mountain area of Xin Yang.
This harvest area is interestingly known as the “5 Mountains and 2 Pools”.
Today it is one of the country’s most thriving areas of agricultural and sideline production, quite often visited and written about, so its tea is being sampled by more people.
This tea has been produced with only very simple equipment.
What make it different are the skillful hand movements of rolling, adjusted to the heat and softness or dryness of the tender leaves.
Mao Jian literally means “hairy tips” referring to the appearance of the tea leaves. Xinyang Maojian made up of “single bud only” to “one bud one leaf” tea leaves. The processed leaves are in fine, taut strips.
Silver-tipped tea leaves that yield a light yellow liquor. When infused, the tea leaves quickly sink to the bottom of the cup.
The brewed tea is pale-gold in colour and has a grassy fragrance with a sweet, long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied tea with distinct floral aroma with a hint of cool minty note. Very refreshing aftertaste.