Introduction of Huangshan Maofeng
Huangshan Mao Feng is one of the top ten famous green teas in China. It was made by Xie Yutai Tea House during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty.
Mao Feng can be translated as Fur Peak. It’s because Mao Feng leaves are covered with white hairs. And the leaves are picked from the peak of Huangshan.
The high altitude mountain (700-800m) is warm and moist, surrounded by cloud and mist, making it the perfect place for growing tea trees.
How is Maofeng made?
The manufacture of Huangshan Mao Feng is divided into four processes: picking, shaqing, kneading, and baking.
- Between Guyu and Qingming time, the tea farmers hand plucked the fresh tea leaves.
- Sha qing, or kill-green, is the process of pan-frying the tea leaves in a wok over a high heat until they turn a yellow-green color. Prevent further oxidation.
- Place the tea leaves after sha qing on the plaque and gently knead the leaves, to preserve the bright color of the leaves and the white hairs on the tips of the buds.
- The tea leaves then go through two rounds of baking process. Temperature from high to low, until the leaves are dried out.
This traditional method has been used for hundreds of years. That’s what makes Maofeng unique and high quality.
How to brew Huangshan Maofeng?
- Warm the cup. Pour in the hot water, rotate the cup to make sure every wall of the cup is warmed.
- Fill the cup with water to a third of the way up. Put the Maofeng leaves into the cup, according to the correct tea/water ratio.
- Wait for 60 seconds. Slightly shake the cup to let the leaves blend in the water.
- Fill the cup with hot water from a high position, and make the tea leaves dancing in the water.
How to store Huangshan Maofeng?
The necessary environment for tea storage are low temperature, dryness, protection from light and less oxygen.
Place the tea bags in a tin and store in the refrigerator. You can take out 1-2 weeks’ supply of tea leaves in advance. Do not take it out frequently.
If the tea can be consumed within 2 months, you can store in a cool, dry place. Avoid the direct light.
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