Huangshan Maofeng Background
Huangshan Maofeng is one of the most famous teas in China and can almost always be found on the China Famous Tea List. The tea is grown near Huangshan (Yellow) Mountain, which is home to many famous varieties of Green Tea. There's an old Chinese saying "famous mountains produce famous tea". Huang Shan is one of China's famous mountains and Maofeng Green Tea produced there is certainly one of the best. Huangshan Maofeng Tea often serves as the Chinese National Gift Tea.
Huangshan Maofeng Tea's English translation is "Yellow Mountain Fur Peak" due to the small white hairs which cover the leaves and the shape of the processed leaves which resemble the peak of a mountain. The best teas are picked in the early Spring before China's Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival. When picking the tea, only the new tea buds and the leaf next to the bud are picked. It is said by local tea farmers that the leaves resemble orchid buds.
Fuxi（富溪）is the name of the town in Huangshan where tea merchant Xie Zhengan invented Huangshan Maofeng during the Qing Dynasty. Xie Zhengan, a major tycoon of his time, was a tea master in his own right. Around 1875, he selected tea buds from Fuxi and started making Huangshan Maofeng. It was an instant success. He became the richest man in Huangshan and went on to own nine tea shops around China. Until now, Fuxi Huangshan Maofeng is considered to be the best of all the Huangshan Maofeng produced in different places of Huangshan. It has much more beautiful appearance and unique and lovely taste and flavor.