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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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XinYang MaoJian is another of my favourite chinese green teas. Dry leaves are dark green, downy and very fragrant. The aroma has a clear roasted note, very subtly smokey. Gaiwan is by far my favourite brewing teaware. For this tea I use 5g/100ml 85°C water. I find this tea very hard to overbrew, so I see little point in being overcautious about temperature. After a quick rinse (which is nice here to get rid of the down, and to start unrolling the leaves), the aroma gets intense and clearly reminds me of Bi Luo Chun. My first steep lasts only 10". The drained liquor is bright, greenish-yellow and has velvety texture. The flavour has vegetal background, but is actually savoury, with a kind of "floral spicyness", quite uncommon, that reminds me of Tahiti's vanilla. A very balanced infusion, not yet robust, with mild aftertaste. Second steep (30") presents golden liquor. Here flavours get much more robust; the notes remain the same, but stronger. It also develops a little, pleasant astringency. The aftertaste is also sweeter and lasts longer. I still get at least three more infusions steeping for 40"-60"-90". Later infusions keep the robust character of the second. The last one weakens a little bit, but is still very enjoyable. Infused leaves are bright green, and display great quality, with many buds. XinYang MaoJian's lower price should not deceive: this is a great tea. It simply isn't 'on the spot' as Long Jing or Huang Shan Mao Feng are. I think enthusiasts of Bi Luo Chun and DuYun MaoJian would really like this one. Though I'm not sure about Teavivre's, from past experiences with XinYang MaoJian I find it does not store well for too long. It might be better keep it as cool and well sealed as possible.
This tea is robust and very flavorful. The leaves are delicate, which is surprising considering how strong the tea tastes. I used 165*F water, and still only got 3 infusions around 1 to 1.5 minutes each. This tea is very green, I get notes of cooked/steamed vegetables all the way through. I would recommend this tea to black tea drinkers looking for a daily green tea. It is simple yet strong, it has some astringency in the aftertaste yet it is sweet. Overall, a very well balanced tea. 4 stars for taste, 5th star comes from value - this is a good price for such a tea.
The dark green leaves are long and thin and have a fresh aroma. I steeped for 3 1/2 minutes at 185F. The tea started out creamy and fresh with flavors of green beans and peas. As it sat, it grew more brisk and a grassy note developed, but It was not sour or unpleasant. The flavor lingers.
Rich mellow cup, not terribly 'green', but I like it that way. Second steep yields some spinach. Recommended even for the person who doesn't usually like green teas.
Although I like green tea, this is not one of my favorites. Although it seems to be of good quality, the taste is not for me. There is a strong vegetal flavor as well as a bitterness present throughout that I am not fond of. That being said, the aroma is very pleasant with a strong vegetal smell. It seems to be a good cup of tea, just not my style.
Another delicious sample from the Spring green offerings - thank you, Teavivre! The leaves here are very interesting - I've never seen anything like them before. They are like dark green twisted needles of grass. They have a very strong and sweet scent of cream and corn. I love it already. I used half of a sample pouch (so about 3.5 grams if a sample is 7 grams) which seems to be working for the greens I've been trying lately. The flavor is like the fragrance - cream and corn. But this one has an interesting smoky and mildly spicy flavor to both steeps that remind me of a barbeque sauce type flavor. Very unique for a green tea, I think, which makes something that normally might not be noticeable very apparent with a green tea. Both steeps are exactly the same. I love that all of the green teas that Teavivre offers are completely different in flavor. I didn't know green teas could have such different flavors. The only complaint I could possibly ever have with my experience of Teavivre so far is that they don't sell more of their teas in 50 gram or 25 gram sizes so I could buy more varieties of their tea! The teas are always so good! Steep #1 // half sample pouch for 11 ounce mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Oh wow, this tea has really bold aroma. Immediately when I opened this a fresh green tea odor filled the room. Not a bad start. Leaves are small, straight and most of them have white hair in them. This is my first time trying this tea. Brew is pale gold. Flavour is vegetal and has grassy notes. It is savory with little nuttiness lurking in the background. This would go really well with food. Xin Yang Mao Jian also has affortable price and and is very good tea.
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.
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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