Mao Jian Jade

Tea type
Green Tea
Green Tea
Astringent, Green, Lettuce, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal, Butter, Plums, Umami
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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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What makes Mao Jian so special? It’s high-altitude grown in China’s Fujian province, known for its beautiful mountains, seaside landscape and of course, exquisite teas. The name “Mao Jian” means “Downy Tip,” referring to the little hairs found on the young, fresh tea leaves and the thin, needle-like shape of the roll. But we love it for more than just its looks. This summer-plucked, pan-fired green tea boasts sweet, vegetal and complex aromas, with a hint of minerality. No wonder it’s one of China’s most famous teas.

Pan-fired green tea from the Fujian province.

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DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

13 Tasting Notes

13 tasting notes

I like my straight green teas. And this is one I can see being a daily go-to brew. I added a tiny amount of honey and just a twist of fresh lemon. It’s mild and smooth, slightly astringent, with just a slight note of lettuce. A really good afternoon tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Green, Lettuce, Smooth

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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316 tasting notes

I decided to order this tea because it’s retiring and I hadn’t tried it yet. The description sounded good enough. I added some sugar to make it taste good, and other than that, it tastes quite vegetal… At first it tasted buttery but I’m glad it got better as it steeped. This tea is okay, for a straight tea.

Flavors: Sweet, Vegetal

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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10283 tasting notes

Pot of tea, split among coworkers.

I think a lot of the people working with me are heavy green tea drinkers, so it’s going to be interesting for me to see if they’re able to convert me at all to more of a green tea drinker. I’ve already come around on Chinese green tea a lot more than I’ve been in the past, and completely of my own accord. So maybe a deeper exposure could be a really good thing for me? Only time will tell.

This is already a green tea that I know I like from DAVIDsTEA though – it’s got a nice sweet peach flavour to it that I find very approachable and tasty, and is really clean and smooth. Very much a profile made up of the things that I do tend to like A LOT in green tea. The things I focus on when a green tea is otherwise nasty, as well.

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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1759 tasting notes

Yum. Glad I picked up a sample! I have way too many teas in my cupboard or else I’d definitely restock.
A traditional Chinese green tea. Mild, buttery, and sweet.
The moment where liquor first touches my lips reminds me of mountain spring water, full of minerals and freshness. An interesting contrast to the rest.
I kinda get where the plum reference comes from, but I would say the real plum notes come out in the aftertaste along with a honeysuckle sweetness. It also leaves my mouth super dry.

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When I opened the bag and took in the smell of this tea, it was amazing. Almost like smelling a fine wine. So much sweet, moist vegetal goodness with a hint of plums in my opinion. The aroma is incredibly complex and inviting. The leaves unfurl and turn beautifully lush and green in the water. The aroma after brewing very inviting. There is a smooth or perhaps “buttery” taste to the tea that is just delicious. I think this would be a great tea to demonstrate to someone exactly what a good daily Green Tea should taste like. The price is very reasonable too which is why I use the term “Daily Green”.

Flavors: Butter, Plums, Umami, Vegetal

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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123 tasting notes

I had this tea prepared at David’s. I wanted to compare it with the $6 tin that I get at Walmart. I won’t do a full review except to say that it was good. Steeped for 3 minutes. Vegetal, but I suspect there may be some citrus in there, if I brewed it at home. I had it with asian food.

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561 tasting notes

This is a really good traditional tea. I steeped the tea for a minute. Has a light sweet taste that I am quite fond of.

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415 tasting notes

Wow, other than cashing in my frequent steeper points, this is the first tea I’ve gotten from DAVIDS in months. I wish this wasn’t a limited edition one, but such is them.

This tea is very vegetal and lovely and I’m presently surprised by the moderate price. No astringency, and I’ve done short steeps (like 30 sec) with 5ish grams and longer steeps with a bit less leaf too. 2min with just under a tablespoon of this tea works good.

If there’s any of this left I may stock up a bit more. This tea is a winner in my book.

Flavors: Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

I picked this tea up for $6 / 110 g from Walmart


Walmart doesn’t sell DAVIDs TEA though. What brand did you buy?


Oh, just saw your comment on DAVIDs TEA’s tasting note. Nourish Tea is the brand you bought?

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289 tasting notes

Taste 1: Vegetal
Taste 2: Sweet
Taste 3: Minerals
Intensity: Complex
Mouth Feel: Lively

Flavors: Sweet, Vegetal

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Did you guys just walk down to Walmart and pick up a tin of Nourish Tea, because I was drinking the same thing.

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