Huangshan Maofeng Green Tea (Organic)
Enchanting Orchid Fragrance
Huangshan Maofeng Tea65
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Regarded by many as the third best Chinese green tea, she has a medium body and an amazing orchid fragrance. Both AAA and A grades have been certified organic.
To me, she is a tea that holds great surprises.
We first started selling the in 2008. It was a runaway success. Customers keep writing back to tell me how much they enjoy her as an everyday beverage.
The next year, we discovered the AA. She is incredible, with such an enchanting aroma that is unimaginable for a high grade green.
You can learn about these two grades by clicking on the "Grades" tab.
But first, let me share with you a few things I know about this tea.
What does Huangshan Maofeng mean in Chinese?
The word "Huangshan" means Yellow Mountain - the Mountain that has given birth to 4 of China's 10 Famous Teas.
The word "Maofeng" means hairy mountain peak.
It refers to the silvery downy hairs that cover tippy end of a tea bud, which is so pointed that it resembles the sharp contour of a Yellow Mountain peak.
The story of this special tea is inseparable from her inventor - tea merchant Xie Zhengan, who inherited tea company Xieyutai from his forefathers.
A major tycoon of his time, Xie Zhengan was a tea master in his own right.
At around 1875, he selected tea buds from a village in Fuxi and started making Huangshan Maofeng. It was an instant success. He became the richest man in Yellow Mountain and owned nine tea shops around China.
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Authoritative Chinese tea textbooks refer to a high grade as having fat buds, pointed tips and white downy hairs. But they forget to mention one thing: her orchid fragrance.
There are two types of green tea aroma: artificial and natural.
Artificial fragrances are easy to detect. They can be absorbed by mixing leaves with flowers (such as a jasmine green) or pan-roasting in a wok (such as a Longjing).
The natural fragrance is only present in a high grade and is more subtle. The floral aroma is light and exquisite. It only emerges fully during the 2nd infusion.
AAA Grade (April 2016. Organic Certified) - 50 grams
What makes this AAA grade's orchid fragrance special is that she is strong and full, and yet retains a certain purity and exquisiteness. Unlike most other high grades, you are unlikely to miss it, even if you are new to drinking Authentic green tea.
For the first infusion, observe how the tippy buds stay suspend mid-air, dancing their way down.
Second infusion is the best. Feel the orchid fragrance filling up your upper palate. It started off as an hay-like aroma that gradually opens up like a a flower at your upper palate.
The sensation is thick and strong, yet exquisite and pure. The feeling lingers, with such sweetness and roundedness that make it really satisfying.
AA Grade (April 2015. Organic Certified) - 50 grams
Compare the AAA grade, this AA grade has almost identical mouth-feel and fragrance. The only difference is the exterior appearance, where the tea buds are larger and more mature.
We have discounted the 2015 crop heavily for quick sale but the quality is much higher than the price would suggest. We store all our high grade teas in freezer under -20 degree Celcius for maximum freshness. Even though this is last year's crop, we are confident you will be happy with the quality.
A Grade (May 2016. Organic Certified) - 50 grams
For a long time, I searched for the perfect everyday tea, especially for those with a small budget.
This A grade is by far the best I have found. And lots of customers are writing to tell me the same. Her body is rich and fragrant, making her pleasant to drink.
Use 2 to 3 grams of leaves each time in 8 ounces of water (225 milliliters). She lasts at least 3 infusions.
A Grade (May 2016. Organic Certified) - 300 grams
You can now save $4 by buying in bulk (300 grams).
Both AA and A grades are grown in Fuxi, the birthplace of authentic Huangshan Maofeng tea.
They are both produced by the pre-eminent company in Fuxi and have been certified organic.
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By John (Washington)
As a novice tea taster, I cannot say I have any foundation beyond Lipton, Costco green teas, and other such cheap green teas. The main reason for consuming was health benefits; however, in making big batches, I had to suck down a bitter flavor that was becoming old quickly.
After doing a great deal of research into regions and types of green tea (including processing) for health benefits (not on this website), I came across Amazing Green Tea website. This discovery has truly been amazing in that it evokes an appreciate for the world of tea and all the variety of textures and flavors.
Huangshan Maofeng was purchased as a beginner green tea for me due to how cheap it was; yet, it turned out to the best I had ever had, even better than the more expensive Baihao Yinzhen 2011 (AAA Grade) that was much more money. The creamy texture is what did it beyond the fruity flavor of the Yinzhen. I love it! I'm looking forward to trying more teas from this website. So far they are amaz
By David (Winnipeg)
I am enjoying the Huangshan Maofeng 2010 A grade as my everyday tea right now.
The colour of the buds is a wonderful deep emerald green, they are long and slender and expand quite a lot while brewing.
The smell of the tea when you first open the package is quite wonderful, very fresh and grassy, like a really good matcha. I am always tempted to smell the tea when I open the package!
The brewed tea has a very elusive green/yellow colour depending on the light. Sometimes more green than yellow, other times, more yellow than green.
It is fragrant yet not overpowering, and stands up well to multiple infusions.
I find the key to maximum flavour is to use just off boiling water (similar to Dragon Well), as lower temperature water produces a weaker tea lacking some of the depth and complexity that the hotter water produces.
The price is very good as well for such a nice drinkable tea. I have recommended it to others as a very good quality well p
By James (Honolulu)
My One-Stop shopping for the best green tea in the world. Many different green teas to choose from. Some Less expensive, some a little bit more. But definitely the best tasting and most uplifting green tea I've been able to get anywhere. I'm a return and committed loyal customer.
Great tea. I get this one because I like to drink a lot of green tea and this puts it more at my affordability level.
I boil 2 cups of water in the microwave and then steep 3g's tea for about 7 minutes. I like it a little strong/astringent. I then pour it over ice and have it for the rest of the day or until i need to make more.
(I know it sacrilege to ice it down but its hot where I live and often goes down better cold--I drink it hot too).
I like the aroma of this tea--assertive roasted green tea goodness. Steeps to a golden yellow and makes you feel fine.
Always good teas from Julian and his friends at the amazing green tea web site.
By Warren (Ontario)
Julian, I just got the A grade Huangshan Maofeng today and I'm very impressed.
I steeped it for 5 minutes at 90 C and it couldn't have come out better. It's hard to describe but the liqour has a thickness to it. It slides down my throat and has an amazing aroma.
I'm just getting into tea and while I was waiting for your order to arrive from China (I'm in Canada) I purchased a whole bunch of 25g varieties from a "premium" tea shop in my city.
Out of the 10 or so different tea combinations I've tried from them I would say that only one of them beats this tea...and of course it was over double the price. Well done! I will keep my eye on your future offerings!
For the price I would rate it a 5 but purely on taste and quality I would rate it a 4. Thanks so much.
By David (Thailand)
Anyway the tea is awesome and in fact about used up. My girlfriend is crazy about it as well. I got some other Longjing from another source and although it wasn't bad, it could not compare with the wonderful flavor of your stuff.
t I would rate that as some of the best I have ever had, so 5 of 5. According to what your website said, it was only an "average" but the better (that I tried to order) one was out of stock. Well, I think I need to try that. Sure you can publish my ratings.
As I mentioned, my girlfriend loved it so much she took a pack to her family and they found it wonderful as well. It has this fresh aroma and tangy flavor that wakes up my mouth. And I rarely wax philosophical about anything especially tea.
Huangshan Maofeng tea should be brewed the same way as the Dragon Well tea by infusing a small amount of leaves in high temperature water for as long as it takes.
Huangshan Maofeng A Grade
For the A grade, you have to take more care. She can be sensitive to high temperature at the second infusion. When using boiling water, make sure you infuse no longer than 30 seconds for the second infusion.
For further information about packaging, brewing, maturation and storage, read Dragon Well Tea - Further Guide.
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