spring buds before April 10, 2020
“Beautiful mountains cultivate excellent tea.” Exactly as the Chinese say, the scenic Huangshan Mountains in Anhui create Huangshan Hairy Needles (or named word for word after the Mandarin: Huangshan Mao Feng).
Mount.Huangshan is well known for its “Four Wonders”: Huangshan Pines, oddly shaped rocks, hotsprings and the Sea of Clouds. The spectacular nature inspires generations of artist creation. “Huangshan School of Painting” originates here. It is one of the representative styles of Chinese landscape painting. The Ming Dynasty traveler and geographer Xu Xiake (1586-1641) left us with his admiration:
Returning from Wuyue*,
No need to see other mountains;
Returning from Huangshan,
No need to see Wuyue.
(*Wuyue is the Chinese term for the “Five Sacred Mountains”)
The green tea grows on steep slopes 1200 meters above the sea level in the mountains. The microclimate is ideal for the tea plantation: short sunshine, plentiful rainfall, high humidity, and rich soil. What is more, numerous varieties of wildflowers flourish among the tea plants. The flowers bloom in spring when the green tea spring buds are also mature for harvest, which enriches the green tea with a special floral fragrance.
Our selection Huangshan Hairy Needles is hand-plucked in early April in compliance with the quality standard of “one bud two leaves”. The fresh tea buds are coated with hairs and their needle-shaped ends are like the lofty peaks on the mountain. It is the early spring tea buds that determine a green tea quality! The tea tastes refreshing, slightly bitter, with a sweetness in its aftertaste.
Glass Gaiwan or glass teapot is the best. 2 g per 100-120 ml, 90 °C. Infuse 2 minutes. Refill up to 3 times.