First Flush Mao Feng Yunnan Green Tea Spring 2016

Tea type
Green Tea
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Flavors
Grass, Vegetal, Green Beans, Marine, Pepper, Umami, Vegetable Broth, Creamy, Freshly Cut Grass, Nuts
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Edit tea info Last updated by tperez
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “Quick Backlog/Sipdown Review Green, vegatal, sweet, floral, & refreshing goodness. I had to order more while YS has their sale on teaware…because with teaware, you’ll need more tea to go with...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “Dry leaf: FRAGRANT, VEGETAL: fragrant wood, honeysuckle, milky tea, sweet mustiness. In preheated vessel: popcorn, cooked sweet corn, sweet note like salted caramel Smell: VEGETAL, SWEET:...” Read full tasting note
    80
  • “Steeped this western style a couple of times and found it fairly unremarkable. It tasted a lot better gongfu’d. Smooth and light bodied with notes of tender green beans, vegetable broth, and...” Read full tasting note
    78
  • “Smooth, nutty in taste and smell, with a slight sweetness following. Very easy to drink with a pretty light green color, silky texture, and pleasantly savory taste. Has a very nice “fresh” spring...” Read full tasting note
    68

From Yunnan Sourcing

Mao Feng green tea is from Yunnan “large leaf” varietal tea tree. Unlike other green teas it is not rolled and the leaves and buds stay largely unbroken. The flavor is bold and nutty but if not over-brewed is smooth and satisfying. This is the highest grade Yunnan Mao Feng available!

First Flush of Spring! Very tender and tippy with vibrant umami and sweet that will soothe and stimulate!

The taste is green and vegetal, with notes of green chestnut and fresh flowers. Sweet aftertaste and nice mouth watering effect!

Small Batch Hand-Processed Large Hairy Silver Buds Super clear tea soup!

Harvest Area: Yin Pan Mountain of Simao
Harvest time: Early March 2016

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Quick Backlog/Sipdown Review

Green, vegatal, sweet, floral, & refreshing goodness. I had to order more while YS has their sale on teaware…because with teaware, you’ll need more tea to go with it. :P

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Dry leaf: FRAGRANT, VEGETAL: fragrant wood, honeysuckle, milky tea, sweet mustiness. In preheated vessel: popcorn, cooked sweet corn, sweet note like salted caramel

Smell: VEGETAL, SWEET: sweetened milky tea, honeysuckle, sweet green beans

Taste: NUTTY, VEGETAL: sweet corn, cream, popcorn roastedness/nuttiness, cooked green beans, milky tea, honeysuckle, hint of maraschino cherry and cherry wood.

A few thoughts on this one. First, it provides an interesting experience that is a mix of white and green tea. It has the fragrant creaminess of a white tea while also providing the vegetal nuttiness of a Chinese green.

Second, I had quite a bit of difficulty brewing it. I tried everything – leaf amount, water temperature, steep times. For me, the best solution was an infuser basket full of leaf left in 12-16oz of 190-200 water for a few minutes. I rarely think this is the best way to brew stuff up, but this is what worked best for me for this tea. It did not perform well in a gaiwan – body was consistently too thin and it simply did not resteep well.

So, here’s what I would say – if you’re looking for a to-go green tea, an easy-going green that you can take to work, plop in a mug, maybe forget about for a while… and still have some decent tea, then this is your guy.

tperez

I liked that one a lot too!

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Steeped this western style a couple of times and found it fairly unremarkable. It tasted a lot better gongfu’d. Smooth and light bodied with notes of tender green beans, vegetable broth, and umami. There’s some marine/seaweed flavor in the background, though not off-putting, that fades after the first couple of steeps. It finishes with a nice peppery aftertaste.

Although I prefer Laoshan and other green teas, this is still a good, approachable Yunnan green tea – just make sure not to overbrew it.

Flavors: Green Beans, Marine, Pepper, Umami, Vegetable Broth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Smooth, nutty in taste and smell, with a slight sweetness following. Very easy to drink with a pretty light green color, silky texture, and pleasantly savory taste. Has a very nice “fresh” spring feeling to the after taste as well, although I feel it needs more body/flavors to round it out, unfortunately. Not bitter at all, does have some mild to moderate astringency if you push it too long steep wise.

I tried this western-ish style to start due to a rushed morning, 5 grams per 8 oz, two minute-ish steeps. Will report back after trying other methods if they vary result wise.

Not sure what the heck I’m doing different, but my subsequent steeps have all tasted crazily heavy on the umami to the point where it tastes like dashi without the fish flavor to me. Will try cutting back on the temp and/or leaf see if that’s where I’m going wrong, but it’s kind of insanely strong and a bit unpleasant to me at this strength…

Flavors: Creamy, Freshly Cut Grass, Nuts, Umami

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