What is Xinyang Mao Jian tea?
Widely recognized as one of China’s most famous and well-loved green teas, Xinyang Mao Jian has for centuries featured as China’s favorite hot weather tea. It is native to the Henan Province, where high altitude forests, along with their cold humid environs and fertile soil, give the tea its rich, refreshing notes. The tender, dark green, pointy leaves are picked in early spring, and twisted into narrow spindles enclosing young tea buds.
Xinyang Mao Jian makes a “tarnished gold” infusion with a “clean-sipping, silky-smooth” texture, with a “strong vegetal smell”, and a “pleasantly full and pronounced” aftertaste. The first brew is “creamy and fresh with flavors of green beans and peas”, while the third or fourth might develop “brisk and grassy notes”. Xinyang Mao Jian’s bold aroma with some astringency to it might not be as delicate and sophisticated as that of Bi Luo Chun and some other high-end Chinese green teas. Nevertheless, it is a great everyday tea, priced accordingly.
Authentic Mao Jian leaves can be identified by their long, narrow, needle-fine dry leaves, with a roasted nutty aroma as well as a subtle floral scent.