Master Zhang’s family has tended the Tieguanyin of Daping Village for generations. His tea is fed by sweet mountain springs and grows on the cloud-enveloped peaks of Anxi.
cinnamon, cooling sparkling minerality
meringue, toasted almond
spice - cinnamon, cooling sparkling minerality
savory - meringue, toasted almond
floral - lotus, marigold
fruit - muscat grape
DATE OF PICKINGNovember 2019
Daping Village Anxi
Master Zhang’s reserve designation is an almost impossible standard, requiring the perfect combination of high elevation rocky soil, cool stand-out weather during the growing season and on the picking and finishing days. Some years Master Zhang doesn’t designate a reserve or special grade for certain teas. It all depends on the final tea, which needs to satisfy a certain level of sweetness, a long lingering aftertaste, and thick balanced texture and evocative aroma. This second-ever reserve designation Rou Gui was hand finished using an ancient technique that Master Zhang has been researching that involves three times the usual turning and fluffing and a difficult half-rolled half-twisted shape. The result is a textural sensation with a deep intensity.
'The process of making oolong is bringing the tea back and forth between withered and alive... the process of bringing it back from the brink eliminates bitterness and astringency.'
212° watersteep30 seconds
times add 15-30 sec. each infusion
5 g.5 ozuse 212° watersteep10 seconds add 3 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings