Duyun Maojian - Top 10 famous Chinese tea

Du Yun Mao Jian is one of Chinese most famous teas, and it is renowned among tea connoisseurs in China for its sweet taste and silky texture. Almost no mention about Duyun maojian fails to highlight that the tea was named by Mao Zedong when he received a small portion as a gift from the people of Guizhou. Before the name was coined, the locals referred it to as “Yugou tea” which means “fish hook tea”, describing the appearance of the tea leaves.


Du Yun Mao Jian is a type of green tea grown in Duyun of South China’s Guizhou Province. Duyun is located in the Buyi and Miao autonomous region. Most tea plantations are in the mountains in the midst of trees and creeks. The weather is especially mild with enough amount of rain and an average temperature of 16°C throughout the year. The soil is fertile and moist, containing large amounts of iron and phosphate great for the growth of tea. Normally very little tea from China’s south-central province of Guizhou makes it into the tea-spotlight. It actually does produce a fair amount of green tea, but the best of which is commonly consumed by the people of Guizhou; adding a bit of mystery to these more famous teas, such as Dou Yun Mao Jian.


Dou Yun Mao Jian is often confused with Bi Luo Chun while Duyun Maojian is hand fired using similar processes to those used to produce Bi Luo Chun. Duyun Maojian’s characteristics can be summed up as a mix of green and yellow. The dried leaves are green with a tinge of yellow so are the brewed leaves and liquid. Du Yun Mao Jian is quite similar to Bi Luo Chun in its appearance: small and lean leaves that are slightly curly. However, the texture and taste are more vibrant and full-bodied, more reminiscent of Xin Yang Mao Jian.

Three famous ‘yellow’ characteristics are what sets it apart: Yellower leaves, bright yellow leaves when wet and a yellow-tinged infusion. And the taste is a whole different story altogether. Du Yun Mao Jian has an entirely sweet and well-rounded taste that is significantly different from the darker and more complex Bi Luo Chun, making it a delicious and inspiring green tea!