Xinyang Maojian, a green tea from Henan, China, is often listed as one of China's 'Ten Famous Teas'! This one has the distinction of coming from a completely organic and pesticide-free farm.
With an undertone of sugarcane sweetness, the taste of the tea maintains a savoury quality, blending vegetal spinach and broccoli. Notes of water chestnut and sweet peas round out the flavour, while a finish of crisp pine lingers as a pleasant aftertaste.
Clean and fresh above all, this green tea reflects its natural growing conditions and pristine alpine climate!
THE TEA FARM
High in the mountains of Xinyang, Henan, lies a unique, family-owned tea garden, which we had the pleasure of visiting this Spring. The lack of pesticides is obvious, as the garden shows a healthy biodiversity, tea bushes sharing space with fruit trees, weeds, bamboo, and other native plants. True pesticide-free farming is rare, so finding a farm like this is a treasure.
Another aspect of this garden which makes it unique is its method of cultivation: This farm grows plants from seed rather than clonal cuttings, something that is less common with modern tea gardens. They are also fairly old for green-tea-producing plants: having being sown in the '50s and '60s, they are now more than half a century old!
- ORIGIN: Xinyang, Henan, China
- MEANING: Downy tips from Xinyang (xinyang maojian)
- CULTIVAR: Cai Cha
- HARVEST TIME: April 6, 2018
- TASTE: Vegetal, clean, alpine