Some things are prized for their age, others for their newness. The organic green tea that our Organic Mao Jian comes from falls into the latter category. The newest, fresh-grown parts of the tea plant are cultivated; resulting in the dark green yield and the light yellow-green coloring when mixed with water.
Generally picked in the spring, “Mao Jian” is called this since the name means “fur tipped” due to the unique texture of the fresh leaves. As a tea, it's known to be mild and placid, often associated with different aftertastes and tones that range from nutty to light/sweet, but always based on a mildly astringent vegetal base. The vegetable flavors come in clear yet not overwhelming, leading to the proper balance that every great green tea has of earthy and astringent.
Sourced in Hunnan, Organic Mao Jian is often rightly called an “everyday” green tea, though for those who grow and enjoy it in China, it is anything but. Great pride is taken in the subtle distinctions among greens, and each has a personality of its own. It is with its mildness and muted brightness that this tisanal stands out among its peers. The vegetal notes may be daunting for some, but at the end of the day it is an approachable green that any tea lover will appreciate – and many will want to make their “everyday green”.
Give this tea as a gift or add it to your own collection as a refreshing cool tea in the summer or an invigorating hot tea in the winter. Greens being one of the healthiest teas, it's a guilt-free pleasure. Enjoy some today!
Base leaf: Organic Green. Tightly twisted.
Health properties : Heart-positive, memory properties known.
Flavor strength: Mild, barely astringent. Primary collection is brightly vegetal green.
Caffeine : Medium.
We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $4.99 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 10 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.
Please contact us for other locations. We can quote you shipping.
1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.
There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter. If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times.
Below are general steeping instructions. For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle. When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.
|Tea Type||Steeping Temperature||Steeping Time|
|White Tea||170-185 F||1-3 minutes|
|Green Tea||170-185 F||2-3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||170-190 F||2-3 minutes|
|Black Tea||200-212 F||3-5 minutes|
|Tisanes||212 F||4-7 minutes|
Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.