2021 Guzhang Maojian green tea

Guzhang Maojian


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Guzhang Maojian



Grade: an early spring Mao Jian pluck (one leaf, one bud)

Oxidation: none

Manufacture: pan-fired and hand-rolled



Appearance: beautiful matte grey/green with a slight twist

Flavor: smooth, vegetal and pure tea flavor

Aroma: classic ‘tea’ aroma

Liquor: pale jade green


Guzhang County
Hunan Province, China

2021 Pre-Qing Ming
1st Spring Harvesting Season
(end of March – April 5th)


China Spring Green Tea:


Chinese spring green teas are categorized by four seasonal designations indicating which time in the spring the tea was picked and manufactured. The earlier the tea is plucked the smaller the yield of that tea will be and the more expensive the tea will be. The earliest plucked teas are the most desirable for sweetness and delicacy, and the fever for these teas is high in China as well as in the West. Chinese spring green teas are only plucked once a year in their designated harvesting seasons.


 – Early spring plucked teas:


Pre-Qing Ming tea: 1st Spring Harvesting Season from end of March to before April 5th.


Pre-Qing Ming teas are the first teas plucked each new spring season. Depending on the location and altitude in each tea-producing region, leaf plucking can begin as early as the middle week of March and continue until April 5th.


Pre-Qing Ming teas command the highest prices because the demand for these teas outpaces the supply each spring. This is especially true for Famous Teas such as Gan Lu, Long Ding, Longjing, Lu Shan, Tai Ping Hou Kui, and Zhu Ye Qing.


Yu Qian /Before the Rain tea: 2nd Spring Harvesting Season from April 5th to April 20th


– Late spring plucked teas:


Gu Yu tea: 3rd Spring Harvesting Season from April 21st to May 6th


Li Xia tea: 4th Spring Harvesting Season from May 7th until
May 21st




img-more_seasonal Seasonal Tea Explained

Use 1 Tablespoon (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2 minutes each
Water temperature should be 170˚F-180˚F

Guzhang Maojian is a real show-stopper green tea. It ranks among the very special, delicious green teas that we have sourced over the years, and we are excited to have it again for 2021. It is an extremely reliable and well-keeping tea that will show its exquisite flavor well past the time that the next year’s harvest is in. This is such a great attribute for a green tea, as so often they do not hold well for more than 9-10 months post harvest.

The flavor of Guzhang Maojian is best summed up in one word: smooth. It is appropriately vegetal in the cup so as to qualify as an elegant hearty Hunan green tea, but the smoothness is its hallmark; it is actually very unusual to have a green tea that is both vegetal and smooth at the same time with a rich body and mouth feel. The aroma is clean and pure – the essence of ‘tea’.

Teas from Hunan Province tend to be black teas, as with the Qimen (Keemun) region; however, both tea areas actually started with a history of green tea production and black tea was an offshoot, although their major harvest today. The green teas from Hunan tend to show a fullness and well-balanced flavor profile that is quite focused and thirst-quenching.

This leaf has a ‘dusty’ grey/green coloration – the classic color of many western China green teas. This color is determined by the varietal of tea plant that it is harvested from, in combination with the strong sunlight that is present early in the season in this part of China. The leaf will develop a beautiful artichoke green when re-hydrated during steeping.

Fans of our Lu Shan Yun Wu, En Shi Yu Lu, and Rizhao Xueqing green teas should like this tea, as well as anyone who is looking for a tasty, rich green tea.

Guzhang Maojian is an historically important varietal tea, because Hunan Province has been known for exquisite green tea for about as long as tea has been cultivated in China. Hunan Province was one of the first places that tea bushes were taken for transplanting following their successful cultivation in Sichuan Province, its neighbor to the north. Hunan Province is, in many ways, the perfect location for the manufacture of premium tea. For much of history, however, the green teas manufactured there have been reserved strictly for the domestic market.

Today, Hunan Province’s green teas, along with its black tea, coffee crop, and world-famous vegetable harvests, showcase the province as being, in many ways, the organic center of agricultural Mainland China.