Traditional style Huangshan Maofeng is yellowish from the heating style during processing. There is also a new and greener style. For a fresher, lighter tasting alternative that some people may prefer. Tea Hong’s Huangshan Cuiyu is produced from plucking before the lunar almanac demarkation of “guyu” — the first rain for seeding, around early to mid-April — for optimum quality.
Soft, round, floral aroma with a warm undertone of steamed mung beans and accents of fragrant leaves. Smooth body. Mildly sweet infusion in light tones of malt and raw nuts. Accented with tints of leafy arrowhead and peach skin. Hints of woodsy bitterness in mildly cooling aftertaste.
This is a light tasting, non-demanding green tea suitable for the large pot or big mug. Make it stronger for a perk in the morning or lighter for drinking throughout the day. Use 90~95°C water for a stronger tea or 80~85°C for a smoother one. Remember the leaves are very spread out so visually each gram looks like a lot more than the tighter leaves, say of a black tea. Use ample leaves for good taste, say 1g per 100 ml of water, and can go up to 2.5 g.
* We shall be discontinuing this variety in the online retail shop once the current stock is depleted, but will still keep it for export and wholesale. The current stock for online is from 2016, but well-kept in chilled storage.
Finer winter Phoenix oolongs have always been sought after for their unforgettable natural bouquet fragrances. To us, an aroma of a premium tea has to be complete with a winning taste profile. It has taken us over a decade to fine tune the mastery of the processing of the choicest harvest to attain a result we can be proud of. Presenting Tea Hong’s very own Snow Orchid, the roundest, smoothest, and by far the most seductively fragrant oolong ever known. It is our luscious indulgence secretly from Nature.
Unlike other green teas that are prized for plucking early in Spring, the leaves for making a fine Luan Guapian are waited until the young leaf buds are open and quite spread out. It is this growth that gives the leaves the biochemistry that yields enough pectin for the velvety texture and the slightly sweet character. This unique nature is possible only with a special local cultivar — Da Guazi — Big Melon Seed, hence the funny name. If Longjing is too savoury and Taiping Houkui is too “green” for you, Lu’an Guapian is a great alternative of high quality with a different, yet pleasant and lively character.
If classic Phoenix oolongs are too sweet, and bouquet ones too florally aromatic for you, Tea Hong’s Black Leaf Special maybe your cup of tea. It is produced from a new cultivar developed for maltiness and complexity in taste. A very different oolong from the rest. Our special selection is harvested from higher altitudes near the oolong mecca that is Wudong.
Huangshan (translate: Yellow Mountain) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a China national conservation. Besides beautiful sceneries, it is also the origin for many a fine teas, such as Huangshan Maofeng. The tender young leaf shoot to make Huangshan Spring Equinox is always plucked with one or two tiny immediate leaves. A much sought after green tea amongst connoisseurs worldwide.