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Huangshan Maofeng tea (Yellow Mountain Fur Peak) is widely regarded as one of the top three Chinese green tea.
Chinese green tea can be classified into 9 basic shapes, and the Huangshan Maofeng tea is considered an Orchid shaped tea.
Grown in Anhui province, Orchid shaped teas are slightly curly. They are processed using a combination of roasting and ovening.
Other Names: Yellow Mountain’’s Fur Peak, Huang Shan Fuzzy Tip,
The word “Huangshan” means Yellow Mountain.
The word “mao” means hair, or fur. It refers to the silvery downy hairs that cover a pristine tea bud.
The word “feng” means mountain peak. It refers to the tippy end of a tea bud, which is so pointed that it resembles the sharp contour of a typical Yellow Mountain peak.
Origin: Huang Shan, An Hui Province of China
The story of this special tea is inseparable from her inventor – tea merchant Xie Zhengan, who inherited the tea company Xieyutai from his forefathers.A major tycoon of his time, Xie Zhengan was a tea master in his own right.
At around 1875, he selected tea buds from a village in Fuxi and started making Huangshan Maofeng.It was an instant success. He became the richest man in Yellow Mountain and went on to own nine tea shops around China.
(The tea company was subsequently brought down by trade embargo and his son’’s addiction to opium. In modern times, it has started trading again as a corporate entity.) While Xie Zhengan’’s success has brought fame to this special tea, historians believe the cultivation of tea in the Yellow Mountain predates Xie Zhengan and may exist as early as Ming Dynasty. During that time, she is known as the Yellow Mountain Cloud Mist tea (Huangshan Yunwu). Qing dynasty chronicle Suhu Bianlu rated her as No. 1 amongst all teas.
Dark green tea leaves (mixture of one bud one leaf and one bud two leaves).
This grade Huang Shan Mao Feng Tea is very special. It does not look as deluxe as the premium grade. But it has a much more strong aroma.
The aroma is not the green tea kind, it’s more like to oolong type aroma but lighter and sweeter.
If you are a oolong fan, you might want to have a try.