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Our spring picked Xinyang Maojian green tea is produced in Xinyang county, Henan province, and is regarded as one of China's top ten teas. It is distinct amongst other green teas, with its leaves having a darker color and it is having a stronger, more robust flavour. Widely drunk in China during hot weather or after work, it is great when you're thirsty and need a refreshing, relaxing tea to drink.
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Xinyang Maojian is a traditional Chinese tea with a history stretching back over 1,000 years. It's name comes from the area it was first grown – Xinyang county in Henan – while Maojian refers to the teas appearance (fur covered tips of the leaves). Xinyang Maojian has a distinctive appearance and taste compared to most other Chinese green teas, that originated and are grown mostly in the warmer Fujian and Anhui provinces. This tea's leaves are generally smaller, with a darker green color, and its taste, while still unmistakeably that of a premium green tea, has a stronger, bolder character that sets it apart.
TeaVivre's Xinyang Maojian is grade 1 tea, made from the Spring picked leaves that produce the best quality and best tasting teas.
Xinyang Maojian has high levels of antioxidants, and so will help reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and reduce the affects of aging.
For more information on the health benefits of Green teas, take a look at our article on Tea Health benefit.
Though with a unique and distinctive taste and style, Xinyang Maojian should be brewed like all other green teas, in water that is not quite at boiling, but instead is 176 ºF (80 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes. It can be infused 3 or 4 times.
For more information on some of the skills and arts of brewing tea, check out our article on How To Make Tea.
Our Xinyang Maojian green tea is chosen from the origin place in Xinyang country of the more northern Henan province, Dabie Mountains District. This area has high, steep forest covered mountains that guarantee a humid cloudy growing season needed for high quality tea. However compared to the more southern provinces, Henan is colder and the mountains are usually snow covered in winter. This leads to a distinctive tea bush, with smaller, more robust leaves.
This Xin Yang Mao Jian Green Tea Tea is from Mr. Kong who have been engaged in tea field for more than ten years. He focus on providing high quality teas to tea lovers all over the world and always produces more and more natural, safe and healthy teas including the Green tea we choose : Liu’an Guapian, Huang Shan Mao Feng, Dragon Well Green Tea (Long Jing)Xin Yang Mao Jian and Tai Ping Hou Kui.
Mr. Kong elaborated his feeling about the tea culture: Tea Culture is a general concept which is different for people in different area. Although it is complex but there’s one thing that can be sure, that is the same as manage the enterprise, tea culture also needs management along with its quick development in the modern world.
While tea production in the Xinyang county of Henan province probably stretches back over 1,000 years, the origins of the modern Xinyang Maojian tea trace back to 1903, when the local government brought in tea masters from Anhui to help develop the local tea industry. After several years improving growing and production techniques, this unique tea took shape and begun to be recognised within China as a fabulous, unique green tea.
In 1915 it gained international recognition by it winning Gold Medal at the World Expo, held that year in San Francisco. Later in 1958 it was officially recognised in China as one of China's “top ten” teas. It is now still widely grown in its birthplace in the high mountains of Xinyang, and much sort after by tea drinkers in China.
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This was a more deep and darker green tea than others of the spring harvests. The dry leaf is beautiful. I opened the package to reveal long forest green and golden hairy strands. They have the aroma of green beans and a fresh garden. I placed these fluffy twigs in my warmed kyusu and shook them up. I didn’t even have to open the lid to take in their scent. My tea room was filled with fresh picked kale and wet seaweed. I brewed up a cup immediately. The initial sip was light and sweet. This brew had a soft vegetal tone with a good bitterness at the end. It was a very refreshing cup, and it helped to get me going. The liquor was a lot darker than most greens. It was a tarnished gold and refracted the light well. I was able to pull three steepings from my pot, and the brew became sweeter with each steeping; as the vegetal tones faded. I really liked this tea, and it was perfect to help me start my morning!
I usually drink black teas, but got this green one as a free sample from Teavivre. To my surprise, I liked it a lot. Great first cup in the morning, very fresh and very full of spring. I guess green tea must be enjoyed as soon after harvest as possible. It's very important to follow steeping instructions on the package. Do not oversteep it! Even 15 seconds makes a difference. Repeated steeping is good, yielding about 4-5 cups of fine tea in total.
This tea seems like a more affordable version of its slightly more expensive cousins. It's grassy, vegetal, and adequately refreshing. Pretty good.
I received this tea free from Teavivre's as part of their 2015 Green Tea Sample pack. I was very excited to try this tea, the dry leaves smelled so delicious. A mixture of fresh, sweet and grassy - dark tightly rolled whole leaves with almost no broken pieces. The pale gold liquid reminded me of green oolongs, a bit stronger than regular green tea. Very fresh, this could easily be an everyday tea. It has a strong vegetal taste, like sauteed kale or spinach, very comforting with a slight meaty/nutty after taste. Overall a very good, savoury tea.
The aroma is delightfully savory, mixing notes of sundried tomato. tomato leaves, spinach, and a bit of sauteed mushrooms. At the finish there was a tiny hint of cut grass and a surprising note of dulse. The first steep keeps up the savory notes, blending sauteed mushrooms, some mild bok choy, a bit of edamame nuttiness, and a tiny bit of potatoes and dulse at the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and the taste is mild at the first, but delightfully savory.
Brewed aroma: Grassy, vegetal. Almost like freshly mown grass. Taste: Also grassy and vegetal, with a hint of salt and a pleasant, smoky bitterness lurking in the background. Crisp, refreshing aftertaste that’s very satisfying, almost as if I’ve finished a hearty vegetable stew. Sometimes I can also taste some sweetness creeping in a little later. I don’t usually drink green teas, but this was a nice and enjoyable sample!
Xin Yang Mao Jian is a very pleasant and refreshing cup of green tea. There is a light grassy scent that mellows further when drinking. I used two full teaspoons of leaves to 8 ounces of water to enhance the grassy flavor. Overall, this tea is especially good to drink with your favorite Chinese cuisine.
On a hot summer day there are few teas that I can quench my thirst with. On the light bodied side there’s Huang Shan Mao Feng, and on the more intensive side there’s Xin Yang Mao Jian. Mao Jian has an interesting leaf for a green tea – it’s needle shaped with dark green tone and abundant white buds which makes leaves stick to each other easily. Although I enjoy this tea most of a time in tall glass style during my working hours, for the sake of tasting I prepared it in a western teapot fashion. According to the instructions I used 4 gr with my 250ml glass teapot and steeped for 4 minutes at 85 Celsius. What I got was a bright golden-green infusion with deep vegetable elements lingering at the top along with some smokey notes which brings out a clear association with Lapsang Souchong. First sip presents itself with somewhat brisk medium body, smokey element in the middle and sweetish finish. Both smokey and sweet notes linger in the back for some time. Following sips bring out the complete picture of this tea with prominent spinach-eggplant vegetable note and a slight salty-like sensation combined with a touch of vegetable bitterness. The tea itself quenches thirst and has a good palate cleansing property. What’s especially noticeable with this tea is that it keeps its characteristics (barely evolves) as it cools down. I got this tea on pre-order for a bargain price, now I wish I got more.
Like the Premium Grade Dragon Well Tea from Teavivre, the dry leaves had an amazing, oily scent that is clearly the result of very fresh tea, though forest-like though instead of savory. After steeping, the still-wet leaves smelled like cooked vegetables. The tea itself did not have a particularly strong scent, but in terms of taste it was amazing. It was much, much warmer in flavor profile than other Mao Jian teas I have tried. This Mao Jian is almost sweet to the point of being honeyed, yet maintains pleasant undertones of a dew-kissed meadow in its aftertaste. The second steeping is less sweet, the meadow-like undertones come more to the surface and linger in the mouth for a long time period. Only by the third steeping does it start to resemble other companies’ offerings, the forest meadow flavor becoming dominant while the sweeter elements disappear entirely.
Dry leaf is beautiful with thin twisted multi-hued green leaves, and very fragrant of spinach. Wet leaf remains a lovely green and smells a bit more sea-like. Brewed color is a clear yellow. Taste is savory flavorful with vegetal notes, spinach and smokiness. The smoke becomes especially noticeable as the cup slightly cools, and the aroma is quite lovely - somewhat like grilled vegetables and a sea breeze. There is also a hint of a pleasant bitter note at the end of the sip, which reminds me of the type of bitterness when eating a fresh green pepper. I really enjoy this tea, and find it very flavorful, fragrant and refreshing. So delicious!
Reply: Dear Megan, Thank you very much for writing to us. Yes, this tea can be purchased as a sample choice. Hope this is helpful for your concern. Wish you a good day.
Reply: For this kind of green tea, it is better to follow this steeping : 1-2 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 176 ºF (80 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes. The amount of tea and the time is according to your taste. If you like stronger taste you can add more tea or steep longer time. Hope this can help you.
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