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Nonpareil Te Gong Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea
Da Guyun village, Shexian(歙县), Huangshan, Anhui Province, China
Estimated arrival April 20 - April 30
Wavy leaves which come to a sharp point at the tip,
often tiny leaves are curled into unopened buds, covered with soft white fuzz
Lingering floral scents with hints of chestnut and stir-fried bean aroma
Smooth and mellow, sweet and refreshing;
no hint of sharpness or bitterness even after brewing for a long time;
lingering sweet aftertaste
Huangshan large-leaf tea bush species
Dailing Tea Garden
Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated
You’re sure to enjoy this tea’s charming sparrow-tongue shape. Watch the tea dance in a glass tea cup as it brews, then stand straight up in the water for a long time until at last it slowly sinks to the bottom of the cup.
This Nonpareil Huang Shan Mao Feng is handmade from pre-ming wild tea grown under ecologic condition on high mountaintops. It is one of the top ten Chinese teas. Pre-ming designated tea must meet strict standards for picking times, ensuring the perfectly formed sparrow-tongue appearance and the smooth, sweet taste favored by tea lovers.
This Mao Feng Tea is beautiful to behold, and lovely to drink, with an enchanting orchid-like aroma.
Te Gong refers to two Chinese words: 特(tè) and 贡(gòng). 特 is short for 特级, which means the tea’s grade is nonpareil; while 贡 is short for 贡品(gòng pǐn), meaning that the tea was used to be paid as tribute to the emperor.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 8.8oz / 250ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|185℉ / 85℃||185℉ / 85℃|
|2 Teaspoons / 2g Tea||4g Tea|
|Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins||4 steeps: rinse, 20s, 40s, 70s, 100s|
Dailin Tea Garden is located in Da Guyun village in Huang Shan. Da Guyun originally got its name from the surrounding mountains and valleys. The tea garden lies in remote parts of the high mountains, where the air is clean, the climate is moist and the four seasons are distinct. The only crops grown by farmers in this area are tea and chrysanthemums.
Hillsides covered in wild tea.
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris
Tea farmers brave the steep slope of the hill to pick tea. It’s an extremely difficult task.
Chrysanthemum seedling grows among tea trees. Farmers in this area only grow tea and chrysanthemums.
Mr Ke, who was born and grown up in the tea village, has been in tea industry for more than 40 years. He started off early in his childhood, following his parents as they harvested tea. From then on, he aspired to become an excellent tea maker. He started to learn the art of tea-making when he was 15, and quickly mastered the traditional skill of making Huang Shan Mao Feng tea. “I will devote my whole life to tea and the innocent tea village” said Mr. Ke.
At Dailing Tea Garden, Angel and Chris met tea farmer Ms. Liu who demonstrated methods for picking the tea.
Shexian County (歙县), also known as She County, is a famous historic and cultural city in the south of Anhui Province. It is geographically located at 118°15′E to 118°53′E, 29°30′N to 30°7′N. The county is a part of Huangshan City and covers an area of 2122 square kilometers.
These fresh tea leaves come from tea trees of Huangshan’s large-leaf species, which were originally distributed in Huang Shan. Its characteristics include early sprouting, dense sprouting, strong buds, and abundant fuzz. This species puts forth many buds in the spring and has strong resistance to severe cold in the wintertime.
A sample of one bud with two leaves of spring tea from this species contains about 5.2% amino acid, 24.50% tea polyphenols, 138.04mg/g of catechin and 44.03% aqueous extract.
Since this tea should ideally be grown in the high mountains, with cool and cloudy weather, the area around Mt. HuangShan in Anhui has been used to cultivate high quality tea for centuries. Modern HuangShan MaoFeng tea, however, traces its roots back to the late 1800's when a merchant called Xie Zheng An, who fled the war at the time, decided to setup a family tea business at HuangShan Mountain. Named after where it was produced - HuangShan mountain, and its appearance - looking like a fur covered mountain peak, the tea his family produced quickly became very popular in China due to its excellent quality, great taste and enticing aroma.