Huang Shan Mao Feng A

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160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This grade of the very famous Huang Shan Mao Feng green tea is made using one bud and 2 to 3 leaves. Because the tea leaves are harvested from some semi-wild growth tea trees, the leaves aren’t so even and there is some brown shade on the boarder. Its strong appearance shows green-yellow color. The noze offers a deep roasted nutty note with a vegetal hint. The tea liquor is very pale and clear, the mouth has a hint of fresh hazlenut in the back which turns into a flower taste in the second brew and in the third. The tea is fresh and thick with a good level of sweetness.

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This was a free sample kindly provided by jing tea shop in my latest order.

hmmm, I am pretty biased, Chinese green teas do not generally thrill me unless they’re bold like gunpowder or chun mee, I’m more of a Japanese green tea person so keep that in mind as you’re reading this review.

I steeped this tea for around 2.5 minutes at 180F. I must say the leaves smell wonderfully fresh. I got a very light tea liquor. The flavor is slightly vegetal with a bit of nuttiness, similar to a dragonwell. It has a really nice mouth-feel with a tiny bit of astringency at the end. Other people noticed smokiness – where? I am not finding it!

I wish I could think of something more exciting to say about this. I definitely did not hate it, but it also doesn’t make much of an impression on me. I think I will take the rest of my sample home (about 3.5 grams) and see what happens when I gong fu it.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Just finished a session with the same Huang Shen Mao Feng that was rather unpleasant a few days back. This was a gorgeous brewing start to finish, 6 infusions of mellow sweetness, and the only thing that might have been significantly different was the leaf to water ratio (much less leaf, although I didn’t measure how much). I again used water about 150 degrees, in the same glass teapot, but every infusion was more reminiscent of my favorite An Ji white tea than of the deeper toasty notes I was picking up in the earlier session, and there was zero bitterness. It’s taken a 180 degree turn in my estimation from a tea that I would avoid in the future to one I want to keep on hand always.

150 °F / 65 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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171 tasting notes

NOTE: I am writing this review after having brewed it up many times since I first tried it.

Experience buying from Jing Tea Shop

Age of leaf: I received this tea in early June 2011 and brewed it as soon as I got it and many times thereafter (the tea is listed as 2011 early spring harvest).

Appearance and aroma of dry leaf: lots of straight, dark green gently curved leaves and buds (which seems to be characteristic of HSMF green tea); vegetal, smoky.

Brewing guidelines: I used my standard green tea parameters: loose in glass Bodum pot; four 8-ounce cups of water used; Stevia added to compliment flavor.
…………….1st: 170, 1’
…………….2nd: 175, 1.5’
…………….3rd: 180, 2’
…………….4th: 190, 2.5’

Aroma: slightly smoky.

Color of liquor: light yellow.

Wet leaf: lots of bud sets, and a number of buds, whole leaves, and virtually no stems: beautiful.

Blends well with: other smoky green teas, like green Yunnans.

Flavor: fresh, vegetal, smoky.

Value: This tea is a bargain for under $3 an ounce.

Overall: Of the four HSMF teas I have tried, I think this one is my favorite. Although this one did not have very flavorful third and forth steepings, overall I like the aroma, the look of the leaves (dry, wet, and while steeping), and the smoky green tea flavor—-all which seem to be characteristic of HSMF. Although for various reasons I currently drink this tea on occasion, I could easily drink this tea on a regular basis.

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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