Verdant Tea

2020 Anxi Qilan

2020 Anxi Qilan

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK

Sourced By the Master Zhang

Master Zhang’s family has tended a variety of tea cultivars in Daping for generations. His tea is fed by sweet mountain springs and grows on the cloud-enveloped peaks of Anxi.
  • true
    80
    Orchid, honey
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    65
    Cinnamon, star anise, minerality
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    55
    Dried orange peel
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    55
    cardamom bread

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - Orchid, honey
    • spice - Cinnamon, star anise, minerality
    • fruit - Dried orange peel
    • savory - cardamom bread
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
    • Daping Village Anxi
    • ELEVATION1000 meters
    • QilanTea Varietal

    Qilan is a luscious, floral varietal most famous for its cultivation in Wuyishan as a roasted oolong. This expression of Qilan from Anxi brings out all the sweet florals that make Qilan varietal unique, strengthening them with traditional processing and the floral mineral-heavy terroir of Master Zhang's land above Daping. Honey florals are accentuated with a spice and juiciness for a beautiful satisfying counterpoint to Wuyi Qilan.


  • 'The feeling of the tea is deep, dark and reverent, like sipping tea in a mountaintop temple. The aftertaste was full of orchid, but with a fresh green burdock undertone and light citrus bite. As the tea opened up, we got an unexpected brown rice genmaicha flavor, a sweet savory experience with a very nostalgic feeling. This earthy sweet flavor perfectly accented the floral aromas.'

  • 5
    6-8
    208
    30 seconds
    10
    7
    6
    208
    10 seconds
    2
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 2 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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