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Weishan is well known inside Hunan Province for its Buddhist temple honoring Guan Yin, and like many such centers there was tea made around the temple. Originally, it was probably monks that made the tea and then passed their knowledge down the local peasants. Most of the teas are very rustic with much use of charcoal firing that makes for a very smoky (and unpleasant for most Westerners) flavor. In fact they make a blend of tough leaves and dried vegetables that is made into a soup for the hard working local peasants. Although this region is not well known outside of Hunan, we like this example of the lighter, more elegant teas that are starting to be made.
Dry Leaves "Mao Feng means "downy tip" in Chinese, meaning the bud is young and covered with white "down" like a bird. These are the tricomes or small outgrowths that protect the very young tea tip (also called a bud) from insects and hostile weather conditions. As the leaves matures, the tricomes disappear. So when one sees the "downy" tricomes it is a sign of a very young tip with all the desired qualities of sweetness and elevated levels of antioxidants. These leaves are definitely small with a silvery tips.
Liquor The color of the this tea is very light green with a slight khaki tinge that comes from the final firing over charcoal.
Aroma Light with vegetal roasts. This is the result of a light firing over charcoal in the traditional manner.
Caffeine Level Caffeinated
Body As mentioned, the leaves are very small and there are many tips, so the body is very light.
Flavors The mixture of light vegetal flavors of steamed green beans or artichokes is accented by the definite roast flavors from the final charcoal firing.
Brewing Time 2 to 3 minutes
Brewing Temperature 175°

Weishan MaoFeng

During our most recent trip to China we made it to the Weishan area. There, in back of the Buddhist temple is an organic garden, and we found a Spring tea that was great discovery. Light in the cup, with the right of roast flavors.
During our most recent trip to China we made it to the Weishan area. There, in back of the Buddhist temple is an organic garden, and we found a Spring tea that was great discovery. Light in the cup, with the right of roast flavors.
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Weishan MaoFeng - loose 1.5 oz tin 1
Weishan MaoFeng - loose 1.5 oz tin
SKU: 44021
$14.00
Weishan MaoFeng - loose 1 lb bag
SKU: 44024
$136.00

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During our most recent trip to China we made it to the Weishan area. There, in back of the Buddhist temple is an organic garden, and we found a Spring tea that was great discovery. Light in the cup, with the right of roast flavors.

Customer Reviews

Sarahsue

7/29/13

Mild Flavor
Average Review:

I was hoping for a richer smoke flavor in this and it just wasn't there. In fact, there is little flavor at all. It's so overly mild that you really have to sit and think about each sip to see what, if anything, really comes through. Not to say it isn't a good tea. It is. Very smooth and complex in its own way. Just not quite the experience the website led it up to be. I don't think I'd pay that kind of price had I known that there really wasn't much too it. Oh well. Still a good cup.

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