Organic Mao Jian Green Tea

Delicate and sweetly vegetal, with hints of asparagus becomes pungent as it cools

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Organic Mao Jian Green Tea
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Organic Mao Jian Green Tea


Our organic and Fair Trade Certified Mao Jian Green Tea has attractively-twisted organic green tea leaves, 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

Origin: Xinyang, Henan Province, China


Xinyang, Henan is home to what is considered to be one of the 10 best teas in China - Mao Jian. Surrounded by Mt. Cheyun, Mt. Jiyun, and Mt. Tianyun, Xinyang enjoys four distinct seasons with a warm humid summer due to the east Asian monsoon, and a cold, windy, dry winter created by the Siberian anticyclone. In 1987, archaeologists discovered ancient tea in excavated tomb sites in Gushi County that was produced in 875 BCE! This region with its 2900 year old tea history continues to produce award winning tea. In 1915, Xinyang Maojian (then named “The Mountain Tippy” tea) won a gold medal at the world’s fair in San Francisco.

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend green and white teas to be steeped for 2 to 3 minutes in water heated to not-quite-boiling, just as bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pan (approximately 170 to 180 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Sarah

    "This tea smells nutty and vegetal, and lingers in the palate long after the last sip."

  • Lea

    "I'm almost reminded of fresh produce at the farmers market in the summer. I taste notes of sauteed zucchini."

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.

Green tea specifically is known for its array of health benefits, which have been supported by a growing number of studies. Green tea research has demonstrated that it may be an effective anticancer agent for breast cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Studies have shown a link between green tea and weight loss, and the ability to modulate energy metabolism, aid in body fat regulation, and possibly promote preferential loss in abdominal fat. Research has also shown that green tea may increase performance for short term memory tasks, as well as being increasing potency of antibiotics. Other peer-reviewed studies link green tea to healthy skin, help with lowering cholesterol, and regulating diabetes. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these studies monitor subjects who drink several cups of green tea per day.

For more information about the health benefits of green tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 4
    Very light tea

    Posted by timothy zachara on 2nd Nov 2020

    This is a very light green tea compared to the other green teas I’ve tried here. It almost tastes like a lightly sweet seaweed. The color is also much more pale than a Sencha.

  • 4
    A solid Mao Jian

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Jul 2016

    This was the first Mao Jian I ever tried. The leaves were a deep, dark green and had a nice vegetal or kelp-like aroma. I used a heaping tsp. with around 10 oz of water and let it steep for a couple of minutes. The brewed tea was light but flavorful. Slightly sweet, no bitterness, with some rich or buttery notes nicely complimenting the vegetal or kelp aroma you catch from the dry leaves. Subsequent steeps yielded significantly milder cups, making more than one additional steep undesirable.

  • 3

    Posted by Kara on 26th May 2016

    This is not by any means a bad tea. I just am not as into it as other green teas. It's flavor is avery mild, slight kelp-like taste, which I like, yet I feel that the Green Dew, gyokuro, and Korea Sejak teas provide more of it. The Mao Jian doesn't do it for me.

  • 5
    Pleasantly Mineral-like Taste

    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.

  • 5
    This tea is wonderful!

    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!!!

  • 5
    lovely and delicate

    Posted by Britni on 2nd Dec 2013

    I really, really enjoy this tea. Such beautiful color too! Very light to taste. Great for company!

  • 5
    My favorite out of the Chinese teas

    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!:)

  • 4
    Nice Chestnut Aroma

    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.

  • 5
    My favorite of the 8 green teas I sampled today

    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.

  • 4
    Shoulda bought-a bigger bag

    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.

  • 4
    Very nice vegetal sweet green chinese tea

    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 :-)

  • 4
    Good for the office

    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

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