Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: fairly dark for a green tea, somewhat broken
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass gaiwan
Liquor: bright gold
Wenshan Mist is a Mao Feng style green tea from Yunnan Province. Puerh and black teas from this region are very popular but you rarely hear about their green teas. That was why I choose to order a sample of this with a gift certificate that I had. I’m also always on the lookout for unflavored teas that Adagio adds to their catalog.
The dry leaf was fairly dark for a green tea. They were noticeably curly and twisted without much uniformity. Mao Feng is commonly associated with the famous green tea from Huang Shan in Anhui. The name is actually a grading term that literally translates as “downy tip”.
When it comes to Chinese greens, I almost always prefer to prepare them using a glass gaiwan. Part of this is because I love to watch the leaves but it also gives me more control over the brewing process. I also enjoyed this tea brewed in a more western style but still enjoyed the gongfu version more.
This tea brewed up a bright gold color with good clarity. The taste was smooth with very little bitterness or astringency. It was floral and sweet yet slightly smoky at the same time. That added a savory aspect to its character that I really enjoyed.
Later infusions had notes of grape that brought to mind first flush Darjeeling. Although complex, it was a lighter bodied tea with a refreshing and clean finish. Wenshan Mist would be an excellent choice for those that are not fans of grassy green teas. It leans much more on the earthy side.
The leaves were visibly broken once unfurled and there were not any tender buds. This could indicate that it was harvested later in the year. Don’t let that turn you off though. It is still a solid and fairly affordable green tea. I have a feeling that it would be really excellent when served iced too.
Have you ever tried this tea? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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