Mao Jian Pluck
- Green tea
- Zhejiang Province, China
- Pan-fired, hand rolled
- Open-twisted, curled style
- Sweet, fresh flavor
- Lively, lingering aroma
- Pale amber-colored liquor
Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz of water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 170° - 180° F
This is a lovely, very well-made country green tea that is modest in price but long on flavor. It is back this year by popular demand and we we were fortunate to obtain a very tasty batch from the earliers Pre-Qing Ming pluck. We have increased our supply of it handsomely as we expect to gain new converts to this tea this year.
We were introduced to this tea at the Fang Cun tea market in Guangzhou and ordered it immediately. Sweet, refreshing and readily drinkable, this tea become the everyday tea for many of our customers.
This mao jian pluck – the bud and one leaf - is very elegant in appearance which makes for an easy-to-measure leaf that yields a very tasty cup with good clarity and sweet spring aroma. It has enough flavor in the cup to satisfy Western tea drinkers, yet has enough of the sweetness of spring tea to make it truly special.
NOTE ABOUT COUNTRY TEA
China produces both Famous Teas and Country Teas. As wonderful as the Famous Teas are, there are plenty of reasons to want to drink a simple, less expensive tea that is still delicious and satisfying. So, to give these less well-known teas the credit that they are due, we are re-introducing the concept of Country Tea.
Years ago we sold quite a few of these teas - they were very popular choices from the end of the Cultural Revolution until the late 1990’s. However, over the last 15 years, these teas have been overlooked due to the renaissance of interest in China's Famous Teas and now many other seasonal, origin-specific Chinese teas.
Country Teas as well as Famous Teas are from all of the classes of tea - green, yellow, white, oolong, black and Pu-erh. What is interesting about Country Teas is their delicious reliability and pure, solid flavors. While we find the Famous Teas and origin-specific teas to be fascinating (and we love being challenged by their evocative flavors) those teas are expensive and their seasonality can make them unpredictable.
So we believe that there are times to lay the 'fancy' tea aside and simply enjoy a cup of tea the way that tea has been enjoyed in the countryside of China - unfussy and straightforward.
These teas the local or regional teas that millions of east Asians drink every day. The idea of Country Tea/Famous Tea is not just a Chinese phenomenon – teas in Japan and Taiwan have similar rankings, too.
In all cases, Country Teas are sold only by simple designations of origin or generic, simplified names such as: Gunpowder, Sencha, etc.
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