The Taste of China is a revolving selection of our favorite Chinese teas of the season. We procure most of our Chinese teas once a year, and many of them are only available for a short time. At 29b Teahouse, we offer this set as a vertical discovery pairing to heighten the senses and guide you through the incredible world of Chinese teas. Whether you are an experienced tea drinker or looking for that special gift for someone with a discerning palette, the Taste of China set will surely be well received! Let us take you on a journey through the incredibly rich history and taste of Chinese teas.
1. Jun Shan Yin Zhen 君山银针
Handpicked tea from one bud about 3cm in length that contains a tiny leaf inside. The picking season only lasts ten days between the end of March and beginning of April. Yellow tea is withered to the signature yellow/olive color and then pan-fried stop oxidation that imparts it with this beautiful, slightly smokey aroma and taste. The beautiful shiny buds are completely uniform in size and shape and speak highly of the quality of our selection.
Slight charcoal roast, honey, green bamboo
2. Huang Shan Mao Feng 黄山毛峰
Handpicked tea from one bud and one newly opened leaf on March 16 from fifteen-year-old native tea plants. Huang Shan or Yellow Mountain is arguably the most iconic mountain range in China and is famed for its peculiar shaped granite peaks, scenery, and sunsets. It is the birthplace of Mao Feng, one of China's legendary and classic green teas produced since 1860. This traditional green tea represents some of the most distinguishing characteristics of all Chinese tea: aroma, sweetness, grassiness, floral, and minerality from the terroir.
An Hui, China
Su Mao Feng
Honey, peony, green bamboo, marzipan
3. Xin Yang Mao Jian 信阳毛尖
Handpicked tea from one bud and one newly opened leaf from three-year-old native tea plants. Mao Jian or downy tips is a classic green tea that is very high in amino acids and initially smells and tastes like Japanese tea. It has an incredible amount of umami on the first taste that changes quickly into the signature floral with a sharp bite taste. The firing process of this tea uses the steam that comes out of the fresh leaves to delicately and rapidly stop oxidation and preserve its deep green color. Shaping tea into perfect pine needle form requires a high level of skill!
Native Mao Jian
Watermelon, green almonds, lotus