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 color.
- Anhui, China
- Tea color:
- green tea
- Appearance: young shoots made up of a bud and one or two tender leaves, gently crumpled
- Color: luminous green
- Scents: vegetal to start, with aniseed, fruit and mineral hints. These aromas make way for toasted and vanilla notes
- Scents: vegetal, mineral and marine to start. Floral and toasted hints
- Color: a clear, pale green liquor, the color of jade
- Texture: sweet and smooth, delicately enveloping the entire mouth
- Flavors: weet, 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, flavors (sweet, umami) and delicate aromas. A vegetal, metallic, aniseed finish
Grands Crus: savour the exceptional
Rare and ephemeral, teas identified as Grands Crus by Palais des Thés are the result of alchemy between a tea plant variety, its terroir and the talent of an artisan grower. Meticulously plucked, processed and sourced in the most respected tea gardens, our Grands Crus unveil unique flavours that reflect the refinement of their origins.