Thursday, April 27, 2023

Tea Review: Guizhou Maojian Wild Green Tea (Qi Fine Teas)

Guizhou Maojian Wild Green Tea
Qi Fine Teas
Type: Green
Origin: China, Guizhou Province
Product Description:
As spring just starts to break tea trees are busy producing their finest quality buds. The cold, foggy weather makes the buds grow very slowly giving them time to fill with the highest concentration of flavor and nutrient molecules of the year. 

Those buds alone make it into our favorite green tea—Guizhou mao jian. Mao jian translates to furry tip as each bud has tiny soft white fur on it. Skillful hand processing retains this nutrient rich fur/down which adds an interesting turbidity to the brewed tea. Do you want even more good news? This tea comes from wild green tea trees that are between 90-100 years old, which is extraordinarily rare for green tea. Trees that old produce far more interesting flavor, fragrance and antioxidant molecules than young, cultivated trees could ever imagine. Make sure to use 175F/80C water--never use boiling water--for brewing and you will get a superior green tea carrying the fragrance of roasted chestnuts, pine needles and a wisp of cinnamon. The flavor is of roasted chestnuts and a shadow of cinnamon without delivering any bitterness or astringency.
Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet, green, nutty, and woody aroma.

The pale yellow-green infusion has a savory, nutty, and lightly green aroma with a sweet and nutty taste and a fresh green finish.

This green tea was refreshing, light, and savory throughout multiple infusions and fairly forgiving if you happen to over-steep.  

This tea review was written in 2021. This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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