REVIEW: LuLin Teas – Huang Shan Mao Feng

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Tea: Single estate green tea from the Anhui region in China.
Sample provided by: LuLin Teas.
Retail price: £8.80 for a 50 gram caddy / £16.00 for a 100 gram caddy.
Link to Mao Feng tea on LuLin website.

My comments:
This tea made a strong first impression when I opened the packet and a subtle floral smell wafted from the dry leaf. The appearance of the dry tea is predominately leafy, with a few smaller bits. I expected the tea to look much more wiry because its alternative name is Hairy Peak Tea. Nonetheless, I still found the dry leaf attractive with its flat, long shape.

For the first infusion, I diligently followed LuLin’s instructions and steeped the tea with 75C degree water for 2.5 minutes (they suggest anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes). This infusion produced an extremely pale liquor – not much darker than my white cup – and I instantly thought I had stuffed up the batch by not adding enough tea to the pot. I was totally wrong. The liquor had a lovely sweet and floral taste, but for the next infusion I wanted to try increasing the steeping time for a stronger flavour and darker cup colour. For the second and third infusions, I steeped the tea 3.5 and 4 minutes respectively, which definitely found the sweet spot of the tea. With each infusion, the sweetness and floralness of the tea did not abate. The flavour of the tea stayed smooth and light. Surprisingly, though, the second and third infusions did not darken the cup colour.

I think this tea offers a cuppa that would appeal to any green tea lovers, and to people who like lightly oxidised oolongs with floral characteristics. The brewed tea leaves a lovely aftertaste that coats the palate and is energising. I find its sweetness and floralness an ideal healthy substitute for my mid-afternoon craving for cake and biscuits.

My review: 4.25/5

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Steeped 2 minutes

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Tea leaves after third infusion

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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