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2003 Aged Mao Xie

2003 Aged Mao Xie

Crafted by Master Zhang

Master Zhang’s family has tended the oolong of Daping Village for generations. His tea is fed by sweet mountain springs and grows on the cloud-enveloped peaks of Anxi.
  • true
    creamy oat milk, cocoa nibs
    rosewood, juniper
    dried mango

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - creamy oat milk, cocoa nibs
    • spice - rosewood, juniper
    • fruit - dried mango
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2003
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000
    • Mao XieTea Varietal

    Mao Xie is arguably Daping Village’s most “classic” tea. Mao Xie is native to the area and grew on the mountains above Daping long before Tieguanyin was planted. Master Zhang’s labor-intensive traditional finish hearkens back to the style before the modern green oolong trend became popular and all Anxi teas were finished with at least a light roast and oxidation. Mao Xie translates to “hairy crab,” a reference to the appearance of the leaves. A classic traditional finish on Mao Xie brings out the iconic savory notes in the varietal and makes it taste almost pastry-like. Aging brings out the natural savory undertones of this varietal and deepens the aftertaste.

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  • 'Wild flowers grow freely among natural flora and established tea hedges. The constant flowering works double duty – attracting insects away from the growing tea leaves while infusing the growing plants with their complex aroma.'

  • 5
    30 seconds
    10 seconds
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions


    5 g.6-8
    use 212° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion


    7 g.6 ozuse 212° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings


    5 g.12
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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