Mogan Mountain Yellow Tea
The Origin Story
This is a genuine yellow tea, meaning it has undergone a unique process known as menhuang (闷黄). Menhuang can be loosely translated as “sealed yellowing”, involving gently heating damp leaves to force them to oxidise over 4-6 hours. It’s a delicate and highly controlled process that risks ruining the leaves at every stage. The result of the yellowing process on flavour is unique and utterly delicious as it tones down the grassiness of the green tea, making it more subtle, but highly complex. There’s a mere handful of genuine yellow teas in China and finding examples, let alone quality leaves, is very difficult.
We can’t recommend this yellow tea highly enough, not only is it a fantastic glimpse into this rare tea category, but it tastes incredible – mellow and smooth with a distinct sappy-sweet and floral aromas. To allow the leaves to open and extract the full flavour and texture from this yellow tea, Tom recommends using 80 degree water and a full 3 minute infusion. Read about this year’s tea sourcing.
Mr. Lu’s Xianrenkeng Tea Garden
Mogan Mountain is a beautiful and relatively famous scenic spot close to Hangzhou. The mountain takes its name from myths around two famous swordmakers, a husband and wife with surnames Gan and Mo respectively.
Engage Your Senses
Dark olive and black curls of rolled tea with silvery twisted tea tips.
Subtly fruity and vegetal - reminiscent of greengage jam, and geranium leaf.
In the Cup
Barley sugar-sweet, with notes of tart greengage, and a structured complexity.