$9.00 – $48.00
A thick, toned broth of steamed crustacean, chestnut, hamhock, and vegetal umami suspends and rolls around in the mouth as this straightforward sichuan style unfolds over a brew session. Last year's mao feng gained a bit of a cult following; we're pleased to offer this year's iteration from the Jia family.
While Meng Ding Mountain is renowned for its legendary history and still-favored classics like Gan Lu and Huang Ya, it also produces several understated little brother styles, Mao Feng being one of them. The somewhat generic title 毛峰 máo fēng (literally hairy tip) still aptly describes these trichome-rich, downy buds that not only look cool, but can only be found on recently sprouted tea buds, an indication of choice spring tea.
Think of this tea as a more simplified, slightly later harvested Gan Lu, without the prestige-influenced price tag.
To stagger and contrast with the February harvests of the earlier Sichuan release, we sought out these March 16th harvested sprouts grown at 1100 meters on the slopes of Meng Ding. Brothier, juicier, more grounded, this is an ideal early spring green tea.
Delicious daily drinker for spring! I like to brew it in a double glass filtered flask for errands on the go. I take a small thermos of hot water to rebrew several times in my car. I enjoy the balance between the calming effect of L-theanine with the focus from light caffeine. The umami flavor triggers my brain reminding me that I can cope with stress caused by annoying traffic.