New Teas for your Happy Holidays!

Mao Jian of Xinyang Green Tea

Mao Jian from the Xinyang area is one of the most famous teas cultivated in the Henan Province. This mountainous area creates one of those unique Chinese terroirs that produces a distinctive quality tea. The name Mao Jian is usually translated as “Furry Tips” or “Hair Point” and refers to the white furry strips on the inner side of the typically needle-like leaf.


  • Origin: Qinling Mtn., Xinyang township, Henan Province, China
  • Elevation: 1400 meters
  • Harvest Date: mid-April 2015, Ming Qian
  • Cultivar: Mao Jian (Camellia Sinensis, small leaf)
  • Cultivation: Natural (Organic, no certification)
  • Processing Notes:  3-stage oven drying to halt wilting
  • Nickname: Furry Tips
  • History/Pedigree: One of China's Top 10 Famous Teas with a history of more than 2300 years.

Tasting Notes:

  • Grassy aroma with hints of pine; sweet umami taste with full mouthfeel

Mao Feng Green Tea

Mao Feng is a classic Chinese tea that is ubiquitous in the tea market. It can be called Mao Feng because of the cultivar, or because of the plucking standard, as the Mao Feng “pluck” traditionally refers to a bud plus one leaf pluck, or it can be just a marketing name. This tea is from a Mao Feng hybrid cultivar grown in Yunnan and it is a premium grade Mao Feng pluck. It is not rolled like most green teas, leaving the large, hairy buds and leaves mostly intact.


  • Origin: Ning’Er Town, Yin Pan Mtn., Simao Prefecture, Yunnan
  • Grower/Teamaster: Wang Si Kai
  • Elevation: 1400 meters
  • Harvest Date: Autumn 2015
  • Cultivar: Mao Feng: Chang Ye Bai Hao and Yun Kang hybrid
  • Cultivation: Natural (Organic, no certification)
  • Plucking Standard: Bud and one Leaf
  • Processing Notes:  Hand-processed in small batches

Tasting Notes:

  • Bold green vegetal tea flavor with nutty notes.

Some more teaware options
I've added some more teaware to the functional offernings on my site because I keep getting requests for them: an iced tea jug and a tea press. Also, my handmade teaware has sold out over the holidays. I'll be adding new pieces soon. If you know a local potter who makes beautiful and usable teaware that needs some support, send them my way!

Tea Sampler Six Pack 

This is a great way to try out the delightful teas in the  Leaves of Cha Tea Chest. Just pick out six teas that you would like to try in the 12g sample size pouches. The price of the six samples is discounted up to 56%, depending on the teas you select.

A great gift idea for the tea lover!