Mao Feng differs from other green teas in that the leaves, when filled with boiling water, immediately rise to the surface and then slowly unfold (expanded leaves resemble the bird's beak with a tongue) and settle. Monitoring the process of welding in a glass, Mao Feng is for lovers of green tea in China that has adorability and soul. We almost always brew Mao Feng in a transparent teapot.
This tea is produced in the Chinese province of Anhui in the mountains of Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). There the scenic landscapes abound with pine trees, boulders, clear springs, and on the three peaks of Huangshan there are often omitted shaggy clouds, which causes high humidity. By the way, this moisture is associated with a beautiful Chinese legend, which we will cover later.
Grown here, Huangshan Mao Feng was first brewed around the 1050s, and since then it captivates tea lovers around the world for its flavor and color. Then it was called “Yellow Mountain Cloud Mist tea." The popularity of the modern name happened much later, and the event is associated with the name of the merchant Xie Zhengan, which in 1875 began to produce Huangshan Mao Feng in factories in "Ksiyutay."
Legend of Huangshan Mao Feng
As promised, we will tell you the legend of the places where Mao Feng tea grows. It tells of a young scientist and a local girl who fell in love at first sight. However, the girl had his eye and a local wealthy landowner who noticed her collection of tea, made the girl's parents make her marry him.
The night before the wedding, the girl ran away from home to her beloved, but the landowner and his servants were killed. She wept at his grave until her tears turned into rain, and the body turned into the tea tree. Since then, in these places there is high humidity and therer grows this gentle, sensual tea.
Raw materials for our Mao Feng tea, are harvested in early spring before the Qingming Festival. For the production of this tea, the only suitable parts of the plant arethe tea tree tops - shoots from one of TIPS and two or three leaves. People who have seen the tea growing at the tea plantation, say that its leaves are similar to the opened buds of orchids. The bush’s leaves are light yellow, and it has a silver-white pile and tips, resembling a mountain peak, so it is called Mao Feng tea (from Chinese "Mao" - the pile, and "Feng" - a mountain peak).
Health Benefits of Huangshan Mao Feng
Mao Feng tea, like almost any of the Chinese Green teas, has many beneficial properties for the body.
- It contains a large number of andiaksidantov;
- Antibacterial and diuretic properties;
- It stimulates the nervous system;
- It helps to reduce weight (of course, subject to additional efforts in all directions);
- It lowers blood pressure, so it is not recommended for people with low blood pressure;
- It has a positive effect on the liver;
- It has a positive effect on the skin;
- It reduces the negative effects of aging;
- It increases the tone of the body.
How to Prepare Huangshan Mao Feng
So we get to the most "delicious" moment - direct infusion. Below we describe the two methods of preparation.
- Water temperature: 80-90 degrees.
- Housewares: Set for the tea ceremony (gaiwan cup for tea waste jug, cup, scoop), or simply a transparent teapot / cup.
- Number of brewings: 5-6.
- Amount of tea and volume: 3-5 grams per 150 - 250 ml.
Tea Ceremony for experienced tea makers:
- Pour into gaiwan little boiling water and let warm up;
- Use a heated gaiwan lid, merging the hot water from the gaiwan over a cup of tea for the waste;
- Pour in the gaiwan tea using scoops;
- Pour the water with a temperature of 80 degrees and pour in 15-20 seconds;
- The again, pour water (gaiwan must be full at 02.03);
- Let the tea brew for 20 seconds, loosely cover it with a lid;
- Drink it from a gaiwan, if you have one, or pour into a jug and pour into cups, if you are having company.
Tip: bring your nose to the cover of the gaiwan, so you will recognize the full bouquet of smells and fully enjoy them.
An easy way for the uninitiated:
- Scald a transparent teapot or cup;
- Pour the tea;
- To fill in for 15-20 seconds, drain the water;
- To fill in for 20 seconds;
To Drink or Not to Drink?
Huangshan MaoFeng is suitable for those who want to keep away from worldly concerns, relax and feel the slow pace of life. It relaxes and gives appeasement. This tea is suitable for many, it has a sweet aftertaste and floral fragrance, so it is popular all over the world.
Enjoy your tea! Tea Village Team.