The Grade of Huangshan Maofeng Tea

Huangshan Maofeng tea is now cultivated in the entire country, so it is meaningless to talk about any specific tea of this type, as it covers the entire spectrum of teas, both high and low grade.

Traditionally speaking, an authentic Huangshan Maofeng tea is known as a Teji, or special grade. Many people expect to buy an authentic tea from a reputable vendor and taste the real thing, but such a high grade is extremely rare.

Huangshan Maofeng tea is said to have originated in the deep mountain valley of the Fuxi villages, a few kilometers away from the Huangshan Scenic Area. The tea has become so popular and successful that by the early 1990s, thousands of tonnes were being produced in the Yellow Mountains.

What does a high grade look like? Here are some basic characteristics to watch out for:

Uniform Fur Peak. The tea buds should be pointed and covered by downy hairs. There should be a high degree of uniformity.

Orchid fragrance. This seldom mention by experts, but Huangshan Maofeng has a characteristic orchid fragrance that is pure yet full "nose", making it very pleasant to drink.

In addition, the following may apply for a best grade:
Sparrow Tongue. Leaf style is one-bud-with-one-leaf.
Ivory Golden. Downy hairs cause the tea buds to appear ivory in color. Incidental leaves are golden in color.

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