Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Pure Chinese Tea’s – Huangshan Maofeng (Green Tea). As far as I can recall I don’t think I’ve ever had / review a Huangshan Maofeng and if I have it must not have been very memorable so I was excited to see that Pure Chinese Tea had included this in the package they sent me as I always love getting the chance to try something that is completely new to me.
Here’s what Pure Chinese Tea have to say about this tea over on their website: ”Huang Shan Mao Feng is a green tea produced in the South Eastern Chinese Province of Anhui, regularly topping China’s top list of famous teas. This tea is grown near Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain), which is home to many famous varieties of green tea. Huangshan Maofeng Tea can be literally translated to English as “Yellow Mountain Fur Peak” due to the small white hairs which cover the leaves and the shape of the processed leaves which resemble the peak of a mountain.”
Tea Tasting Notes
As I said at the start of this post I’m new to this tea so i wasn’t sure of what to expect at all. For this tasting session I simply tried this one way, on its own, because I took my first sip of this and loved it straight away and I knew from that moment on that it needed absolutely nothing added to it not even the slightest bit of honey. The liquor is a pale yellow / green and the aroma is quite floral but does have a prominent vegetal note to it as well. It has a luscious buttery texture but can be quite drying towards the end of the cup in the throat. Along side the prominent floral note, there are soft notes of lychee and delicate sweet grass and hay.
I would have loved to have done a gaiwan session with this tea and I’m sure I will eventually get the chance to but this time around I simply wasn’t feeling well enough to do so. So, to make sure I got this post out in time and I could try this tea sooner I decided to steep this western style and I did do only one steep with it, though looking back now I wish I had done more. I used filtered water and I highly recommend doing the same, not only for this tea but for all the tea you drink because tap water can ruin tea. This tea in particular has some fantastic notes to it that are quite subtle and using tap water with this will completely get rid of them.
If you’re yet to invest in a water filter jug and you love tea I highly recommend investing in one as soon as possible, it will reveal things in the flavour profiles of even your favourite teas that you haven’t been able to notice before because of the use of tap water. Its one of the best things I ever did and now I use it for all of the tasting sessions I do because it enables me to taste teas and tisanes for what they truly are. Anyway back to this tea I think I have been incredibly lucky to have this as my first experience with Huangshan Maofeng and its safe to say any others that I may try in the future will definitely have to work hard to be better than this one. This is such a perfect springtime tea and I’m excited to have it to enjoy throughout the rest of spring & summer.
The one thing I loved the most about this tea is the brightness of it! That and the fact that the leaves looked so beautiful when they were steeping I should have taken a picture but it completely slipped my mind. Though I do have quite a bit of this tea left in the bag I was sent so I’ll post some steeping pictures / videos next time I steep this. I’m really thankful that I was given the chance to try this, going forward it is 100% something I would purchase again though I might wait until next spring because this really is such a perfect springtime tea.
Overall Teacup Rating 5/5
If you want to find out more about Pure Chinese Tea and purchase some of this tea for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter / Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I possibly can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley