Teavivre Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea

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Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, jade green, needle-like shape
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: very pale yellowish green

Mao Feng is one of my favorite green teas but I don’t get to indulge in it very often. This particular one was wonderfully delicate and complex. It had an interesting minerality in the beginning of each sip. This turned into a mildly vegetal sweetness that lingered in my palate. My second infusion, steeped for 1 minute, developed a fruity note that was not there in the first round. The third infusion, steeped for 1 minute 30 seconds, was rounder and fuller bodied with a hint of chestnuts. I really wish that I had a glass gaiwan handy because the leaves were really beautiful. There were so many buds that I’m left with a sense of wonder at how long it must have taken someone to hand pick enough of them to make this tea. In case you are wondering, nonpareil is a term denotes a tea that was used to be paid as tribute to the emperor.

You can find out more about this tea here.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.