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2021 Special Grade Spring Tieguanyin

2021 Special Grade Spring Tieguanyin

Crafted by Master Zhang

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.
  • true
    90
    orchid, saffron
    true
    100
    fresh melon, muscat, aloe
    true
    80
    cardamom, aloeswood
    true
    30
    custard cream
    true
    50
    mint, cucumber
    true
    tingling sparkling, cooling

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - orchid, saffron
    • fruit - fresh melon, muscat, aloe
    • spice - cardamom, aloeswood
    • savory - custard cream
    • vegetal - mint, cucumber
    • texture - tingling sparkling, cooling
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2021
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 m
    • TieguanyinTea Varietal

    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 extremely limited special grade Tieguanyin was hand-picked and hand finished over an exhaustive day and a half fluffing and turning process to bring out deep intense florals and creamy texture. The true flavor of the Tieguanyin varietal is preserved with Master Zhang’s expert green finish.



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  • '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.'

  • 7
    6-8
    208
    20 seconds
    10
    7
    6
    208
    6 seconds
    3
    7
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    7 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

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

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