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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.
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 tea has a very pleasant grassy note to it. I am giving it 4/5 stars because it did not keep well in my cast iron teapot that I use to keep my teas warm. However, The 1st 2 cups poured from my glass teapot were amazing!
Another green tea provided by Teavivre. Like I’ve mentioned before, I feel like this is part of a green tea education I’ve needed for a while. The leaves are very dark green and rolled very thin. Like dried moss. They’re thinner and more delicate in texture than any tea I’ve ever had. They became a brilliant spinach green when brewed, though the tea itself was very lightly colored. A faint yellowy green. It smells like the sea and vegetables and honey all at once. The taste reminds me a little of nori, but my senses are not very refined for this sort of thing. I’m also reminded of okra for some reason. Something about it just makes me think of summer and fresh veggies from my grandparents’ garden. Despite the short steep time, this tea is very flavorful. I think I’m starting to develop a liking for green tea. This review was originally published on Steepster by Tabby on May, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Tabby.
In raw form the leaves are very thin, long, curly and dark green. They have a beautiful thick, vegetal scent much like kale mixed with peony and a dash of grass. Similar to Bi Luo Chun. Being steeped in my Gongfu teapot three times for 1 minute, 2 minutes and 3 minutes. Once steeped this is yellow in colour and has a sweet floral and spinach aroma. In flavour this is floral, grassy, thick, kelpy, sweet and very vegetal. It's a little astringent and perfume like but now the leaves have been woken up it should vanish over the next steeps. Yes the second steep is smoother and a little sweeter. Very nice :) Overall it's fresh and good quality, well worth a try for strong green tea lovers.
Nicely smoky and assertive for a green. I am partial to greens and this is a pleasant diversion from the sweet, grassy ones.
A lot of interesting flavors. Has a slightly smoky aspect to it. As I type I'm having this tea by using the 3 grams/100ml parameters and I think for this tea that's how I like it best. This is a sample so my experimentation is limited. One thing I noticed about this tea that really impresses me is that after adding water the leaves immediately sink to the bottom of your brewing vessel. Tasty tea.
Thank you Teavivre for another free sample. This is a nice green tea with a stronger flavor similar to Dragon Well. It has a mildly buttery taste with subtle smokiness and slight bitterness.
It's funny. Green teas are both my least favorite but my favorite teas at the same time. I hate the weak ones, but I love the strong ones. Needless to say, this is a strong green tea. I love. Highly reccomended for black tea drinkers who aren't ready for the lighter greens, but still want to appreciate green tea.
3 heaping tsp. of tea, 500 ml. water in the Breville at below parameters. There is more smoke than I remember in both the smell and the taste of the steeped tea this time. The smoke is right at the beginning of the sip, and then the vegetal note takes over toward the end. It’s reminding me of smoked meats. I think that this would have been good with a savory meal. I have enough tea to have a few more cups, so I’m curious to see whether this steep (with the smoky notes) or the previous one (which was much more green/spinachy), was the odd one out. This review was originally published on Steepster by JoonSusanna on January, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from JoonSusanna.
The dry leaves are uniform, green and thin, and have a good aroma. The tea has a vegetal (almost grassy) taste and aroma. The taste is stronger and more distinctive than many other green teas. It is very important to brew this tea properly. If the water is too hot, or if it seeps too long, or if too much dry tea is used, it can get bitter very quickly. This is not a tea I would drink all day, every day, but I do enjoy drinking several types of tea, and this is one I will continue to enjoy . This was a free sample with my last order. I will definitely order more
Very good green tea, slightly vegetal very little astringency that was very it was also slightly smokey but very pleasant and refreshing, This would be a tea that I would serve to friends who ask for a good Green tea.
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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