Hunan Mao Jian

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Artichoke, Asparagus, Toast
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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While in China, we were on the look out for a moderately priced green tea, one that does not have the roasted aromas of Gunpowder or Chun Mee. Not everyday is a celebration. While at an organic tea garden in Hunan we found one. This Mao Jian is made a bit later in the season from the best green teas. It is a nice tea that can be consumed regularly.

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Let me start off by saying thank you JacquelineM for the box of tea I got today! I’m so excited, I don’t know where to start! But I was brewing another pot of Hunan as it came in, so let’s see where it takes me.

Alright, let’s try this again. I added less leaves, and only let it steep for about 2:30. I’m also enjoying a bowl of ramen pasta (pour the water out, use different seasonings, SO much better and better for you!) with sauteed mushrooms, so I can see how it is with a meal.

Wow. This is really good with food. The vegetable flavor is still there, but it goes down smooth and kind of refreshes your palate after taking a bite. I also now detect a sweet note in the back of my tongue. This might grow on me as a lunch tea!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Yay! I’m glad it arrived!!! Start with Queen Catherine I think :)


Yea I’m about to make a pot of it right now :)

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I can’t believe there is no tasting note from me for this. I just finished my second tin and was excited to put in a sipdown…but I can’t since it was never in my online cupboard to begin with. How did this happen? We drink this frequently with Asian take out! It is one of our favorites! But not a note to be seen.

Anyway, this one is great because it is organic, resteeps pretty well, and it has enough flavor that you can taste it even with food, in spite of the fact that it isn’t a sour or astringent green. It has great flavor, smooth, and goes down nicely with or without food. Some greens seem to disappear flavor-wise if you are eating and others are too bitey to drink alone if you can taste them with food.

Sadly, I can’t find it on the Harney website. They have one called Top Mao Jian that is even more expensive than this was, but I might give it a go sometime with a coupon.

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An EXCELLENT tea, especially for the price!!! One of my favorite green teas.

Flavors: Artichoke, Asparagus, Toast

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This has a really great fresh taste to it. However, in my experience it needs to be steeped at low temperature and for a fairly short period of time to avoid developing an unpleasant burnt flavor.

160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Oh my. What a fantastic green! The fresh leaves smell of freshly picked strawberries. The brew also has smalls hints of this at times, but for the most part tastes of bockchoy and has a medium light body. It is full of freshness in the cup that captures that apparent great 2010 season that Hunan had. This is one of those small things in life that just puts a smile on your face. Just delicious.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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