Liao Xiao Juan

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I have worked with tea for more than 30 years. I was born into a tea family. My grandparents and my parents all worked with tea. I was influenced by my family when I was very young. So I decided to work in tea when I grew up.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
My main work is plucking. During spring season I work every day. I get up very early in the morning and go out to tea mountain at 6. I need to climb the mountain and pick up the tea leaves tenderly. Normally I can finish at noon. Then I can bring my fresh tea leaves to the primary factory and get my payment.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
Our mao feng is very beautiful and green. I love to smell the green freshness when I am plucking. I also love to drink it when the final mao feng comes out.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
I hate rain because mao feng will be smokie if you use the rainy leaves to make it. Normally I won't go out if it is raining.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Suggest using a big glass cup to enjoy the brewing of the beautiful mao feng. You can see the leaves dancing in the cup. I love it.

photo of huang shan mao feng
Liao Xiao Juan's
huang shan mao feng
Floral aroma, luscious buttery texture, soft notes of lychee and sweet grass.