Origin: Hunan Province, China
Plucking Season: Late Summer
Introduction: Mao Feng Noir is a fine representative of tippy and robust black teas from China.
Hunan is located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence, its name means “south of the lake”). Among well known attractions in Hunan are Changsha as a historical city, Dongting lake and Yueyang tower in Yueyang, Mt. Hengshan and Taohua-yuan nature reserve in Changde. It is also well known for its spicy food.
Mao Feng translates to ‘Hair Peak’, referring to the soft, downy hairs that cover the leaves and similarity with the famous peaks of Hunan province.
Mao feng teas have a long history in China. Some of the more famous Mao Feng teas include Huangshan Mao Feng, a famous tea of Anhui province in China. In making high grade Mao Feng teas, two leaves of equal length and one bud are used. The leaves undergo withering, a process whereby the leaves are partially dried in direct sun to make them supple. In the final step, the leaves are shaped and baked in bamboo baskets over low heat.
Although Mao Feng Noir can be made at several times in the year, Black teas from Hunan are at their best in the summer. Mao Feng Noir is a very hardy tea and keeps well over time.
Flavor Profile: MaoFeng Noir’ produces a bright, floral, aromatic brew with a mellow, slightly earthy, sweet-tart flavor similar to a combination of rose, hibiscus, pomegranate and blood orange.
Ingredients: 100% Organic Black Tea Leaves
Certified Organic by: Quality Assurance International (QAI)