An unusual, small-leaf Mao Feng varietal picked early in the harvest, this is a well-known tea in Fujian Province and virtually unknown outside of China. It is mostly produced on smaller farms, with the early plucks not used for export and consumed in the domestic local market. Harvest date 2018.
This is a tea we have long purchased in China and always appreciate the flavor it offers. In this lot, leaves are light green in color and attractively curved. Given the appearance, it indicated a well-made tea and once tasted, it was confirmed.
We noted it is on the higher side of firing and offers some toasty notes that are quite pleasing. Like many of the styles of Mao Feng produced to local tastes, this tea does well as an everyday tea. The taste is sweet, with a clean vegetal aroma. It is lighter, less vegetal in body than many green varietals. A good value given the high quality and workmanship of the leaf.
A rounded tablespoon or 3 grams of leaf in 8-12 ounces of water is our recommendation. Use water at a temperature of 185 to 195 degrees F with 2-3 minutes of steep time.