Yunnan Mao Feng Green Tea
-Growing Region: Pu-Erh (Formerly Simao) Prefecture, Yunnan
Mao Feng translates literally as “Downy Peak,” and it is one of China’s most famous green teas, coming from Anhui province. Due to the popularity of Mao Feng style teas, producers from other parts of China make this style of tea and can sell it at a fraction of the cost of the ones from Anhui. That is the case for this tea. It was grown and processed in Yunnan and is referred to as Mao Feng simply because it has the distinctive long twisting leaves.
The materials used to make this tea are a mixture of hand picked one leaf/one bud and two leaf/one bud complexes. The leaves are simply twisted during processing to preserve the whole leaves and buds. When steeped, the liquor of this tea is pale green in appearance, and it tastes very fresh, green, and a bit nutty/sweet. The flavor is more assertive than other green teas, but I find it to be extremely smooth and pleasant.
Like other green teas, this one should be steeped at about 175 F (80 C) in order to avoid extracting astringent flavor compounds or scalding the leaves. I like to steep this tea Gongfu style in a Gaiwan, and if you are careful with water temperature it can be infused several times. I also like to just put a small handful of leaves into a glass and add hot water to it throughout the day…It is amazing how much enjoyment I can get out of this tea! Our Yunnan Mao Feng is perfectly suited for steeping in the western manner as well.