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Mao Jian

A beautiful Chinese tea with a blue-grey leaf and silvery buds. Read More

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A beautiful Chinese tea with a blue-grey leaf and silvery buds.

For those looking for a more robust taste to their green tea, this famous variety from China's Hunan Province might be just the ticket.

The elegant blue-grey leaf takes its colour from the silvery buds picked early in the spring, while the infusion itself produces rich, roasted notes and a vibrant nutty complexity. There's even a floral sweetness to the finish, far from the bitter, tannic taste which you might associate with lesser green teas.

The name itself is a reference to the quality of the leaf: 'Mao' refers to the youthful, downy quality of the barely opened buds, while 'Jian' refers to the peaked tip of the young leaves, delicately picked and gently rolled by hand.

  • Tea Type

    Green Tea

  • Origin

    China

  • Taste Profile

    Nutty, Refreshing

  • Tastes like

    Delicate, complex and lightly nutty

  • Food pairing

    Appreciate the flavours of this tea, by itself

  • When to drink

    Delicious throughout the day

Ingredients

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.

A note from Whittard

“I’m a huge oolong fan – the sheer diversity of different flavours is pretty mind-boggling. My favourites are the creamy, almost buttery high grown oolongs grown in Taiwan.”

- Bethan, Specialist Tea Buyer

China

The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…

#875

Mao Jian

In 1987, archaeologists uncovered an ancient supply of Mao Jian tea in Xingyang county, Henan Province, believed to have been produced as long ago as 875BC. Our Mao Jian is significantly more fresh, but we thought we'd give it the number 875 for a whiff of history…

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