This year I purchased a little bit of every picking from the Cha Shan maker. This is to allow tea lovers to explore the effects of pick time on Huang Shan Mao Feng. Study the shape of the leaves and the flavor to understand how the size and pick time of the leaf is influencing your tea.
Light, complex, floral, savory.
Still light and complex but with slightly more confident notes than the first pick. Aroma is down a little but body is up.
The complexity and aroma continue to decrease but are met in the middle with bolder flavor notes and more clear characteristics.
As the leaves grow bigger as does the flavor. The savoriness and aroma are still there but they are not the main focus. Soft but confident vegetal and nutty notes run the show.
Vegetal notes are coming out strong here. There is still savoryness and floral aroma but they are more in the background adding some complexity to this tea.
The final pick. Vegetal but not overly. This is a simpler more straight forward tea but it does still show some savoryness that comes with the cultivar. Can be brewed gong fu cha style and still enjoy or as granpa style.