A wonderful China green tea with a particularly supple, smooth texture. The fresh, delicate vegetal, mineral and floral notes are softened by a touch of umami, and linger nicely in the mouth. To be drunk preferably in a Zhong, by successive and very short infusions (30 to 40 seconds).
This lot of tea from the yellow mountains, one of the most esteemed in China, is the result of a particularly high standard of plucking and processing. Mao Feng is recognised throughout China as a high-quality tea, rich in buds; consequently, there are many Mao Feng teas, some green and some black, coming from different provinces. Huang Shan Mao Feng is an exceptional tea and is considered to be the very finest of its type by the Chinese. This reputation for excellence derives partly from its provenance. The Huang Shan, one of the most famous mountain ranges in China for green teas, provides its plantations – all situated at altitudes of between 300 and 800 metres (985–2,625 ft) – with ideal agroclimatic and topographic conditions. The summits, the highest of which is 1,864 metres (6,115 ft), slip constantly in and out of clouds and the tea trees that grow in this very damp region are frequently described as ‘Yun Wu’ – i.e.‘cloudy and foggy’.
Huang Shan Mao Feng’s reputation is based on the delicacy both of the pluck and the way it is manufactured. Only the already mature bud and the first adjacent leaf are picked. They are rolled by hand to the shape that is the most recognisable among all the teas – the ‘sparrow’s tongue’, with its pale green and gilded colour.
François-Xavier Delmas' choice:
“This is one of the best teas from the famous Huangshan mountains in Anhui. The finest plucking of the year, and incredibly fresh.”
- Origin: Anhui, China
- Tea colour: green tea
- Appearance: young shoots made up of a bud and one or two tender leaves, gently crumpled
- Colour: luminous green
- Scents: vegetal to start, with aniseed, fruit and mineral hints. These aromas make way for toasted and vanilla notes
Brewed leaves (infusion):
- Scents: vegetal, mineral and marine to start. Floral and toasted hints
- Colour: a clear, pale green liquor, the colour of jade
- Texture: sweet and smooth, delicately enveloping the entire mouth
- Flavours: sweet, umami, a touch of acidity
- Aromas: marine (crab) and vegetal right from the start. The vegetal note is sweet to start (cooked vegetable) before becoming fresher towards the finish. A hint of mineral, a hint of cooked sweet chestnut, subtle toasted accents, and pronounced floral notes in the middle (white flowers), giving the aromas plenty of subtlety
- Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: the very delicate aromas develop without interruption. Plenty of mellow sweetness in the mouth thanks to the texture, flavours (sweet, umami) and delicate aromas. A vegetal, metallic, aniseed finish
Throughout the year, our experts travel in the tea plantations looking for the best pluckings and new, rare, delicious teas.
The fact that we travel so extensively, that we taste and buy on location has many advantages and allows us to find rare crops by looking outside the traditional supplier circuit, to taste and to share with you the harvests of small plantations, which are often hidden away.
Visiting tea estates regularly and thereby establishing long-lasting relations with our suppliers allows us to guarantee regular quality control of the teas we buy, and to continue our mission: to bring you the best quality teas and to share our travels and experience with you, while concerning ourselves with environmental issues, working conditions on the estates and the fair trade practices to which we adhere.