Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea

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Green Tea
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Green, Pear, Peas, Seaweed, Soybean, Spinach, Vegetal, Apricot, Bitter, Citrus, Cut grass, Dry Grass, Floral, Herbs, Hot hay, Bok Choy, Smooth, Sweet, warm grass, Sweet, Lettuce, Mineral, Green Beans, Honey, Nuts, Herbaceous, Stonefruits
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 4 g 13 oz / 371 ml

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  • “I am so glad I bought a lot of this! I made a 22 ounce pot to go with our Asian take out tonight, and had to resteep. Hubby was really throwing it back! Tonight we really went overboard and...” Read full tasting note
  • “Finally got to spend some quality time with this one. I will have review on my blog in a couple days. The first time I fixed this it was tainted by onions from our chili making. The second time I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Yum yum! I love how sweet and nutty this tea is. It’s amazing how different various green teas can be from one another in taste. I definitely appreciate them way more than I ever did before....” Read full tasting note
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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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84 Tasting Notes

20 tasting notes

Finally, my tea samples came in! Getting down to the nitty-gritty, this tea is really pleasant! Really juicy and floral, and no discernible bitterness. This is definitely going on my “buy again” list!

Flavors: Floral, Smooth, Sweet, warm grass

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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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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1722 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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263 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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1741 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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134 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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84 tasting notes

Spring 2016, 175F, 60 sec, light leaf

Vivid green leaf with vegetal scent that brews a pale straw color tea.
Tastes sweet with mineral and very light fresh greens. Very soft and mild with no bitterness or astringency.

Thank you for the sample Teavivre!

175 °F / 79 °C

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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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634 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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