As the weather warms, each day the leaves on the bush grow and are different from the prior day. The choicest leaves of early spring and first into the market is often the Mao Feng, made of two leaves, equal in length, and a bud. In Fujian Province, there are a number of styles of tea we purchase that are within the Mao Feng varietal class. Given leaf size and local custom, the farm will determine what green tea finds its way into the marketplace. A Mao Feng varietal, Spring Blossom (locally referred to as Spring Blossom Pekoe) is a visual treat of wiry green, curled leaves splashed with white buds. Eye-catching in appearance, with an aroma that is confident and softly vegetal, Spring Blossom is an excellent value tea, drinkable most any time and it goes well with food. Lot # 6.
Why we selected this particular lot. First we were looking for a lot that was pleasingly green, fresh with a high compliment of white buds. The leaves were a bit elongated and well shaped. The telling factor is the lightly toasted note built into this tea. It seems it was processed at a slightly higher temperature than other samples we tasted. The result is a very pleasing note, sweet with a light, light astringency underneath. Finally, the finish is clean and warming.
Interesting facts about our selection. Within the class of teas in China that use the name Mao Feng, there are a number of varieties and names. Spring Blossom is a Mao Feng varietal, in this instance, it does not refer to the quality of the leaf. It is an early spring tea, generally out by the first week of April. It takes a higher fire then most Mao Fengs and the result is a bit less vegetal flavor. Tea was grown near Fuzhou in Fujian Province.
Taste profile. Offers very pleasing nutty and vegetal notes to the palate, with hints of chestnut. The higher fire processing pushes this tea to a round toasty flavor and a sweet, clean finish. Being a green tea, it has vegetal notes yet it has been pushed toward sweetness with just vegetal under currents.
Brewing suggestions. Use 3-4 grams, a rounded tablespoon, of leaf to 8-12 ounces of water at temperature 185-195 F. Steep for two minutes to yield a flavorful cup. Go longer if you want more body. Will offer multiple steeps.
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