Mao Feng Black

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Black tea is one of the most recent types to be produced: it was first made in China, possibly in response to European tastes, in the late 1700s or early 1800s. 

This new style of Chinese black tea is a worthy addition to the category; its sleek black leaves yield a dark amber infusion and earthy aroma. Produced on an organic farm in Zhejiang Province at 2,400 feet elevation, its rich flavor—with distinct notes of ginseng and sweet potato—holds up through a few infusions. Fans of Keemun or Assam will enjoy the depth and strength.

Country: China
Region: Zhejiang Province
Tasting Notes: earthy, ginseng, sweet potato
Harvest Season: Spring 2019

4 oz or 1 lb

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Brew temperature 210º F

Western style brewing 3-5 grams, 3 minute steep

Gaiwan style brewing ¼ full, 1 minute steep

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Hi Alberta, Thanks for the feedback! Brewing time for the Mao Feng will depend on how much leaf you're using, as well as the size of your brewing vessel and the desired strength. For Western-style brewing, a good place to start is ~3 g leaf in 8 - 12 ounces of boiling water for a minute or two. A deeper flavor will appear with increased infusion time. Or try this tea in a gaiwan or small teapot; fill about 1/3 full of dry leaf, and steep for around 15 - 30 seconds, increasing the infusion time with each subsequent brew. Enjoy!
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Hi Scott, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We haven't been able to find an excellent quality Keemun Mao Feng at a reasonable price in the past few years, so we've been looking to some other Chinese black teas for the time being. While this Mao Feng Black uses the nomenclature 'mao feng,' note that this simply refers to a leaf grade- Keemun is one of the most well-known teas that uses this term, but it's used for many other Chinese teas. This tea is actually made in a different region (Zhejiang, as opposed to Anhui) and with a technique much closer to a Fujianese black tea, so it won't taste much like a Keemun despite the similar name. I hope you do enjoy it if you continue to drink it, and with hope, we will bring a Keemun back again soon!