Our organic Mao Jian Green Tea has attractively-twisted organic green tea leaves with silvery tips, made from the tender new growth of the tea bushes. The leaves of this organic tea from China yield a yellow-green infusion that is delicate, sweetly vegetal, and hinting at asparagus, with increasing pungency the longer it is allowed to infuse. A rare find among organic loose tea!
Ingredients: organic Chinese green tea
Serving Size: two level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Posted by Dave W. on 4th Sep 2015
The vegetal flavor of this green has what I would call a hearty, savory quality that tricks my tongue into thinking that it actually tastes mildly salty, like seaweed. Perhaps this is due to the minerals in the soil that this tea grew in. Out of curiosity, I ate one of the steeped leaves, and the leaf had a lovely buttery taste. There is not much astringency or bitterness, so it's difficult to accidentally over-steep it.
Posted by Adam on 22nd Mar 2015
I have been drinking tea for about 5 years now and while Japanese green teas are my favorite, this tea is wonderful! When you first receive your bag of tea you will notice that the leaves have a sweet smell! That sweetness transfers over into your brew as well and it is just great! The leaves have a long twisted, deep green look and it brews a light brew in color but full of flavor! This is high quality tea from Arbor teas! Just try it, you will love it! Just be sure to save some for me!!!
Posted by Britni on 2nd Dec 2013
I really, really enjoy this tea. Such beautiful color too! Very light to taste. Great for company!
Posted by Manu on 6th Aug 2013
I have tried 9 green teas today....and I can say that for sure Mao Jian was my favorite out of all the Chinese teas (I have two Japanese favorites besides this). It has such a savory vegetal taste to it. It has a spinach-like along with a mild sweet flavor. The description says "asparagus," and I can definitely see this in it too. I think this stands for all teas: the way a green tea is brewed makes a big difference in what flavor you get out of it. I was careful with both my quantity of dry leaves and the water temperature, and I feel that this tea was "the tea" out of all the ones I tried. So happy that is also affordable compared to the others!:)
Posted by Blake Canter on 20th May 2013
This green tea is pleasantly vegetal with a rich chestnut background. If not over steeped this tea is not the least bit bitter and hints at a buttery sweetness. Combined with an incredible smooth, round texture with no astringency this tea is thoroughly enjoyable.
Posted by Alise on 9th Dec 2012
I sampled 8 green teas from Arbor today. This was by far both my husbands and my favorite and surprisingly one of the least expensive. It's got a smooth, slightly sweet and almost fruity after note. It has no astringency even when I steeped it a bit longer than normal. If you are looking for that vegetal flavor that green tea is known for, this has less of it than Gyokuro, Dragonwell or Kukicha so one of those may be a better alternative if you crave that (I like the Dragonwell for that more than the other two). I'll be buying this one in bulk as a daily tea I drink as well one I serve regularly to guests.
Posted by Richard Sitorius on 29th Jan 2012
My order of this tea was my first sampling of this green tea, and i'm so glad i tried something new. Loved it, and i wish i had bought the next bigger size, as it didn't last very long! Would definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes dragonwell, bamboo or wuyi mao feng.
Posted by Rene on 17th Dec 2011
The Arbor Team found a very attractive green tea here. Since I am afraid of Japanese grean tea (Fukushima) ... this one could heal the wound a bit :-)
Posted by Jason Walker on 31st Mar 2009
I appreciated the smooth brothy texture. Mao Jian is easy to prepare because even if over-steeped it has little/no astringency and bitterness. See a more complete video review at walkerteareview.com
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: two level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
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