Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea

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Green Tea
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Seaweed, Floral, Smooth, Sweet, warm grass, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal, Lettuce, Mineral, Green Beans, Honey, Nuts, Herbaceous, Peas, Stonefruits
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 4 g 12 oz / 366 ml

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Origin: Huangshan, Anhui, China

Ingredients: An golden yellow combination of plump buds with one attached leaf

Taste: A long lasting floral scent and taste, with no bitterness

Brew: 1-2 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 176 ºF (80 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: TeaVivre’s premium HuangShan MaoFeng, have high levels of antioxidants and other natural chemicals that reputedly help reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging. With high levels of vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, TeaVivre’s HuangShan MaoFeng also promotes healthy teeth and bones.

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42 tasting notes

My box of samples arrived from Teavivre today and this was the first one I tried. I don’t have a lot of experience with tea, especially green tea where it was mostly limited to what I got at Asian restaurants. That was usually on the bitter side or Jasmine tea. So, this was definitely my first experience with this tea.

I did a quick rinse followed by three steeping of 30, 60 and 90 seconds. The dry leaf had a smell that reminded me of spinach even though it wasn’t exactly spinach. I’m frequently finding it hard to find the right descriptors for the smells and tastes and this is no exception.

After brewing the first steeping the now wet leaves had the same smell only much more pungently. The first steeping was a very pale yellow and had the same taste but not as strong. The taste reminded me of sort of a spinach/peas/zucchini combination. As the tea cooled, the taste became a bit more pronounced. There wasn’t any bitterness or astringency in the first steeping.

The second steeping was quite good with just a hint of astringency at the finish but in a good way, not at all unpleasant. The third was starting to become a bit more astringent but was still quite drinkable. At that point I’d reached my saturation for the night so called it quits there.

Overall, though I found the smell of the wet leaves to be almost too intense to be pleasant in the tea it was much more subdued and the overall effect was quite nice.

Flavors: Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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1596 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks again to Teavivre for passing these samples down. I gave my last little packet to a friend who is a fan of green tea so I hope she’ll enjoy it! This personally wasn’t my favourite kind of green since I’m not into vegetal or mineral notes, but I know there are peeps out there who love that.

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219 tasting notes

Every tea goes through what I call a break in period. This is where you experiment with water, temperature, steep time, and leaf quantity to find the optimal brewing parameters for the tea. In my experience, green teas are more finicky than other kinds of tea. Finally hitting that elusive sweet spot is one of the greatest thrills of green tea for me. The downside though is by the time you’ve figured out how to steep it, your stash is almost gone.

This one took me quite a few tries, but I was rewarded with a marvelous cup of tea. It’s sweet and crisp without the typical grassiness found in most green teas. It has a light body with a flavor resembling white tea. The wiry dry leaves smell of seaweed, although that doesn’t come through in the liquor. The wet leaf smells floral and has a rich aroma of fresh spring vegetables.

I tried brewing it many different ways (grandpa style, test tube, cold steeped, etc.) and found it tasted best in a plain old gaiwan, steeped at the standard 175 F with the lid closed.

First infusion is smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Tastes like a bouquet of spring vegetables.
Second infusion is sweet and clean tasting. Some of the nuances of the 1st infusion are lost but still very delicious.
Third steeping was for 90s. The needle like leaves opened fully and the tea broth became lighter and had a flavor reminiscent of sweet mountain spring water.
Fourth steeping. Upped both the time and temperature to 2minutes at 180 F. Much lighter, maybe I should have steeped longer? Still, it had a lot of flavor and evoked crisp salad greens and snow peas.
Fifth steep was for a long 3 minutes. At this point the tea was done, enjoyable but flat.

I was pretty impressed by the quality of this tea. After Dragonwell this is my favorite of all the green teas I’ve had from Teavivre so far. It resembled Verdant’s Laoshan Pine Needle tea a lot, both in its physical appearance and taste. A great tea for when you want something fresh tasting but that’s not too grassy or vegetal.

Flavors: Lettuce, Mineral, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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1705 tasting notes

I originally was going to drink a tea purchased from Teavana tonight but I noticed that it is a green tea/green rooibos blend. I am beginning to believe that I am allergic to green rooibos so I picked this one. The last two times I drank green rooibos I was up all night with insomnia and I didn’t want to take a chance.

This tea is somewhat sweet and quite vegetal in nature. The note of green beans is described in the Steepster writeup and is fairly accurate.

I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with 5 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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364 tasting notes

LooseTman’s review made me realize it was time to open my batch of this Mao Feng.

Most of the time, I’ll have my green tea in a tall glass tumbler, a method I’ve learned from David Duckler at Verdant.

But today, I felt like using my little 5oz glass gaiwan, I love watching fluffy green tea through a small glass vessel, something whimsical about it.

I love green teas and have neglected them lately. I usually drink tons at this time of the year cause they are so fresh.

This tea tastes like sweet greens, spinach, asparagus. It’s very fragrant, its aroma is tantalizing.

I used 5g of tea, so I get lots of flavour here, with a certain level of astringency due to the amount of leaves maybe. It’s bright but not bitter.

This little tea has a lot to offer, strong body and character.

A nice floral mouthfeel develops with the later steeps.

The sweetness also intensifies as I’m sipping on steep #5.

This tea gave me an increasing amount of energy, I can see myself drinking lots of it in the morning.

Very good, not as enjoyable as Long Jing to me, I miss the buttery notes they provide, but it’s something I will definitely have again.


There’s much to enjoy with this Mao Feng. What temp & time did you use?


Sorry, I should add the temp I brew at, especially for greens. (Wish those scrolling bars worked with the iPad!)
75*C, and it was probably down at 65 on the later steeps. I’m still at it, it’s getting sweeter and sweeter, very interesting. Thanks for the inspiration :-)


I brewed mine a bit hotter but am going to try your slighter cooler temperature next time to see if it is different.
I have such trouble posting reviews from my tablet now that I hardly do it anymore as it is hit or miss if it will work. Its more of a bother to get my notebook but it works so much better!


Caile, I used to always follow recommended temp but realized through the years that most greens work best for my own personal tastes at 75*C or less. I seem to always achieve more sweetness and no bitterness this way. Again, this works for me, might not for you :-)

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132 tasting notes

This morning, I’m very pleased to review Premium Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVivre, Western style: 17 oz. / 8 g / 185*F / 3 – 5 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream. I brewed this tea twice: 1.) w/o a brew basket – placed leaves directly in the teapot, 2.) using a 2” wide x 3.25” deep SS brew basket with the same teapot.

Leaf: Buds with 1 or 2 leaves, up to 5 cm long
Fragrance: Sweet hay / straw / grass
Liquor: Clear straw-colored – easily appreciated in the double-wall glass tea cup.
Aroma: Very Sweet and pleasing
Flavor: Honey with a hint of green beans

Sample size – 6.6 g / 14 oz.
3-min*: Smooth and rich with a mild honey-like sweetness, a hint of green beans, and a mild almost savory essence. There was no astringency or bitterness. This 2-cup pot of green tea was very warm, relaxing, and enjoyable.

4.5-min: Light to medium bodied
6-min: Light to medium bodied

Sample size – 6.3 g / 13.4 oz. (395 ml)
3-min: Light and smooth with a mild honey-like sweetness. There was no astringency or bitterness.

4-min.: Light and smooth with a developing richness and a mild honey-like sweetness. There was no astringency or bitterness.

5-min.: Similar flavor profile with a just tinge of grassy bitterness. I’d suggest < a 5-min. steep.

Impression: Of the two methods, this tea was much more enjoyable when brewed w/o a brew basket. Apparently, the extra space in the teapot for these large leaves allowed the flavor to more fully develop. The sip was clearly much richer. An excellent afternoon tea.

Thanks to Angel and Teavivre for graciously providing this excellent green tea tasting opportunity.

RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter
Brewed western-style conveniently in a Staffordshire 2-cup fine bone china teapot with a SS brew basket and served in double-wall glass tea cups

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

Ok, now you make want to try my sample, like right now :-)

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292 tasting notes

Dark green twisty leaves that look like fresh mown grass. Fresh green scent.
Brews a very pale clear greenish yellow hue.
Tastes a bit nutty and fruity with some floral creaminess that is also present in the aroma. There is also a mild green bean taste and a freshness that gives a somewhat minty sensation.
Smooth, gentle and refreshing – a lovely tea!

Thank you to Angel at TeaVivre for the generous sample.

I noticed that the brewing guideline on the sample packet differ from what is listed in the description – I brewed per the sample packet which recommended 185F for 3-5 minutes.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I actually wrote Teavivre about that, because I noticed the different brewing guidelines too, and they said they did a new taste test on every new batch or harvest of tea and labeled it accordingly. So you did it right — the instructions on the packet are for that exact harvest.


Thanks, that’s what I thought it may be. I checked the website and they have the same recommendation as the sample packet, so it seems to just be different in the description on the page here. Usually I don’t even look at that part but happened to for this one.

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294 tasting notes

This tea is wonderful! It’s very green and vegetal tasting, yet very light, with an almost clear liquor. It is also incredibly sweet for a green tea, and has a creamy, velvety mouthfeel. There’s a very light aftertaste of orange if you smack your tongue.

By the second steeping there is a more distinct vegetal flavor, taking on the flavor of green beans. The sweetness is still very rich. There is absolutely no astringency or dryness to this tea. It is ever so slightly nutty. The third steeping is similar to the second, but with less sweetness and more nutty and vegetal flavor.

Cool stuff, definitely on par for one of China’s 10 famous teas.

Flavors: Green Beans, Honey, Nuts

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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603 tasting notes

A light but beautifully balanced green, the flavor is equal parts vegetal and floral – the sort of honeysuckle floral you typically find in oolong teas. There’s no strong aroma, but the steeped leaves smell ever so slightly of peas. A very fresh-feeling tea, good anytime.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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921 tasting notes

Guys, I finally think I need to break down and buy a scale. See, I have a project coming up that will require very exact tea measurements, and I do not think my vintage kitchen scale will cut it. I am a very ‘free flow’ in my tea preparation with eyeballing tea amounts and water amounts, count time out in my head (unless it is more than a minute) the only thing I am strict to is water temperature. So, this is going to be different for me, though not unpleasant, though it will interrupt the flow of my tea ritual, but not in a huge way. Maybe my vintage scale will work, clearly I will need to calibrate it and find out!

Today on the Green Tea Week from Teavivre, we take a look at one of my favorite spring greens (I am going to keep saying that everyday I think) Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea! Good old Yellow Mountain Fur Peak, as it translates of course referencing where it is grown and the appearance of the leaves, this particular harvesting was…harvested…on April 6th, putting it the day after Qing Ming. The aroma of these very pretty leaves is very fresh, very fresh and green indeed, and nutty. So, it starts out with a blend of chestnuts, water chestnuts, and edamame. After that the aroma fades to sweet peas, fresh spinach, and a tiny bit of smoke, like just a very very tiny whiff of smoke.

I decided to bowl steep this tea, it is one of those green teas that take to bowl steeping really well, it like never gets bitter! The aroma of the leaves floating around happily in the water is a nutty blend of sweet peas, edamame, and chestnuts. Subtle with a gentle edge of sweetness. The taste is pretty fantastic, it starts with a nectar sweetness of distant spring flowers (do I detect a hint of tulip?) and moves right along into green with notes of sweet pea, edamame, lima bean, and lettuce. Finishing up with a smooth chestnut and sesame and a lingering honey aftertaste. My bowl was refilled a few times before the flavor faded away to delicate sweetness and no more, not the most lasting of teas, but certainly very delicious.

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