Guizhou, a province located in the western part of China, has historically been regarded as a rugged frontier. Thanks to government investments in infrastructure and transportation, tea farms located in this region have become much more accessible. Roy was invited to tour the many tea farms in this area earlier this year, but was disappointed to find that local farmers had forgone growing Du Yun Mao Jian, a heritage tea made famous by this region, in favor of more profitable varietals from other provinces. Since Roy’s last visit, he has been working behind-the-scenes to help farmers reclaim the value of their treasured heritage tea. With lots of hard work and effort, we are happy to report that the legendary Du Yun Mao Jin is finally available!
This tea is similar to Bi Luo Chun in appearance, with delicate curled leaves covered by white downy furs. The infusion produced is light yellowish green in color. This tea produces an elegantly mild cup — it is not abrasive and punctuated with flavor garnished with touches of asparagus and flower essences. Mild, lingering notes of sweetness help deliver a refreshing finish.