Review: Lu Lin Teas Huang Shan Mao Feng

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Thumbs up!"Filling, generous and smooth, this is a very satisfying Mao Feng. This is a great buy for those who like vegetal green teas."
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lulinhuangmafengThis tea comes to us from the Huang Shan Mountains, located in the South of the province of Anhui, in Eastern China. Otherwise known as “Furry Mountain Peak”, Mao Fengs are picked at a young age, early on in the Spring. While the website's description mentions the use of only one leaf along with the bud, looking at my sample it's clear that this tea includes trios of leaves. The olive green leaves are impressively long and slender. I am amazed that most are unbroken. Their aroma is a sharp mix of tobacco, hickory smoke and sweet hay notes.

I brewed the leaves following Lu Lin's recommendations, infusing 3 grams of leaf in 8 ounces of water heated to 75 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes. The gold-coloured cup's aroma combines a touch of smoke, green beans and freshly cut grass. Taking a sip, the tea's flavour comes across as a more intense version of its aroma. The top notes are vaguely smokey and broth-like. The middle consists mostly of vegetal flavours: grass, green beans and spinach. The finish is a bit sweeter, in a hard to describe, planty sort of way. Except for the occasional appearance of rougher mineral flavours, the texture is very smooth. It's a good cup, striking a pleasant balance between being obviously flavourful but not overly demanding.

I steeped the leaves again for 3 minutes. The flavours are more robust this time, especially when it comes to the savoury elements of the flavour profile. These are very "brothy", with a tinge of roasted garlic to them. The vegetal notes are consequently a bit more subdued. As the tea cools, the finish becomes lighter and sweeter, resembling honeydew melon and green grapes.

Lu Lin suggests brewing the leaves up to three times. Following a 4 minute-long brew, my third cup is more vegetal, including strong raw green bean notes. It's a bit rougher in feel, being more mineral and dry. Otherwise it's a pretty accurate mix of the previous two infusions.

Because the leaves seem to still be going strong, I decide to try a fourth, 5 and a half minute-long brew. The results are rougher and dryer still. It's a pleasant enough cup, with some enjoyable grass and broth notes, but it's not as flavourful and rich as the previous brews, so I decide to call it a day.

Filling, generous and smooth, this is a very satisfying Mao Feng. The balance between savoury, planty and sweet notes is very pleasant. Lu Lin has become my new favourite tea purveyor. Their teas seem to be consistently delicious and reasonably priced for their high quality. This is a great buy for those who like vegetal green teas.

— To purchase Lu Lin Teas Huang Shan Mao Feng, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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