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  • “Ummm, I hate to say this, but this tea was really tainted on its way here. The ESGREEN samples this time around consisted of pu’er, a black tea, and this maofeng. I’m sure you can guess what...” Read full tasting note


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.

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Ummm, I hate to say this, but this tea was really tainted on its way here. The ESGREEN samples this time around consisted of pu’er, a black tea, and this maofeng. I’m sure you can guess what occurred. Into the fourth steep one of the main flavors is still like young sheng and the wet leaves smell like spent sheng leaves. It certainly fades from the first steep which just tasted like diluted, vegetal sheng pu’er, but the heavy aromas of aged tea really seeped into these leaves during the months of travel and nothing but a single layer of plastic to shield them.

I used half the sample for this review, so I’ll let the rest air out for a while before I taste this tea again, but I believe the damage is already done. However, there are some things I can speak of that were not affected. While the dry leaves are somewhat faded in coloration, they seem to have been made from decent quality material. Downy hairs are clearly noticeable on many and once wet, the appearance is brought back to life with bright greens and delicate small leaves. Few mottled leaves or odd colors present. While many are broken, they are generally broken in half or quarters, so most of it is probably due to crumbling during shipping. This is opposed to chunks missing from sides of leaves or holes in the middle of them. The serrated edges are very much intact as well.

The above I wrote about a month ago. After this much time of airing out and also tasting another lovely Huangshan Maofeng from Teavivre, I went back to this tea and gave it another shot. Thankfully, it wasn’t like I was drinking shengpu-flavored green tea, but unfortunately, there was nothing else left. The scents of smoke and young shengpu are still caught up in the wet leaves and aroma of the liquor in the first two steeps, but the flavor is practically absent. Long two-minute steeps in the gaiwan provided no remedy, only bitter water. It’s impossible to taste any of the sweet, vegetal, and nutty qualities that I now love about this type of green tea. ESGREEN should definitely reevaluate either their shipping methods or their tea choices when sending samples. The all heicha/pu’ercha sample packs in the past worked well, but this past round was just a good way to ruin what probably could have been a decent green tea.

175 °F / 79 °C

I apparently never reviewed this one on Steepster. My notes show I was confused as to whether it was a green or a sheng. I also caught smoke. This was my first of this type tea. I had no idea it was tainted. I requested the TeaVivre version on purpose to try and see if it was the tea or the type. Loved the TeaVivre. This one not so much.

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