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Pre Rain Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from Driftwood Tea

May9

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Driftwood Tea

Tea Description:

Our Huang Shan Mao Feng comes from the first picking in early spring, when the finest teas are selected, and is a beautiful example of one of China’s ‘Ten Famous Teas.’ A real Champagne tea and one every Chinese and green tea lover should really experience fresh.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Ah … lovely!  This Pre Rain Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from Driftwood Tea is really a wonderful tea to experience.

The leaves are long and fluffy, and their shape and fluffy/bulky kind of quality reminds me a bit of a Silver Needle tea, but the color is a darker green color than the typical Silver Needle tea.  They also do not feel as soft to the touch as a typical Silver Needle tea.  But that’s OK, of course, because this is NOT a Silver Needle tea … it’s a Mao Feng.

And this is truly a lovely example of a Mao Feng.  It is light and delicate, with notes of a fresh “grassy” kind of taste … but this grassy/vegetative taste is not a strong note.  It is light, and there is an overture of sweetness that is almost nut-like, and this sweetness keeps the grassy tone from tasting ‘bitter’ or off.  It’s a very pleasing, delicate balance between sweet and vegetative.

There is also a very enjoyable floral note that is almost indistinguishable with the first few sips, but as I continue to sip, this delightful floral note develops.

Mao Feng is a classic Chinese green tea, and as the above description states, it’s one of the famous ten teas.  What makes Mao Feng teas so special to me is their simplicity.  But even though I tend to call Mao Feng teas a “simple” green, there is complexity to them too.  They have lovely layers of flavor, very soothing, and very pleasing to the palate.  Sweet, nutty notes together with a brothy, vegetative grassy tone that is delicate yet lush, and the floral note that builds as one continues to sip.

A truly lovely tea, this Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea from Driftwood Tea!  If you are a green tea lover, this is one for you to add to your must try list!

 

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