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2022 Autumn Tieguanyin

2022 Autumn Tieguanyin

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Anxi’s creamy autumn harvest
iconic oolong
True Tieguanyin picked in cool late autumn for distinctive creamy texture and mouth-watering aftertaste. Notes of orchid, mandarin orange, squash blossom, and star anise.
Autumn 2022 ♦ Green Finish
Anxi’s creamy autumn harvest
iconic oolong
True Tieguanyin picked in cool late autumn for distinctive creamy texture and mouth-watering aftertaste. Notes of orchid, mandarin orange, squash blossom, and star anise.
Autumn 2022 ♦ Green Finish
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Crafted by Master Zhang

Environmentalist and award-winning craftsman, Master Zhang is committed to pioneering low-impact tea farming that replenishes natural forests on his high elevation Anxi mountain plot.
 
Master Zhang devotes his energy to introducing rare varietals of tea to increase biodiversity and researching ancient finishing techniques to make rich, aromatic oolong unlike anything else in the world.
    • DATE OF PICKINGOctober 2022
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 meters
    • TieguanyinTea Varietal

    True Tieguanyin varietal stands out for its deep lingering aftertaste, big texture, and the ability to steep out over many infusions. Master Zhang has honed his Tieguanyin cultivation techniques and finishing process over forty years of experimentation, earning the respect of the entire Daping area as a teacher and community leader. He utilizes organic farming techniques, encourages biodiversity, and advocates against wasteful irrigation to encourage healthy and deeply complex and nuanced tea. This modern green style Tieguanyin requires an intense turning and fluffing process in finishing that needs to be adapted on the spot depending on the weather and the aroma, requiring deep experience.

  • true
    85
    saffron, orchid
    true
    60
    mandarin orange
    true
    80
    star anise
    true
    90
    flaky pasty, squash blossom
    true
    30
    tulsi, sweetgrass
    false
    true
    juicy, powerful, lingering

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - saffron, orchid
    • fruit - mandarin orange
    • spice - star anise
    • savory - flaky pasty, squash blossom
    • vegetal - tulsi, sweetgrass
    • texture - juicy, powerful, lingering

Master Zhang also recommends

  1. 2022 Special Grade Autumn Tieguanyin
    2022 Special Grade Autumn Tieguanyin

    Master Zhang takes his Special Grade designation seriously. In order for a batch to be set aside as Special Grade, it has to meet an incredibly high standard of sweetness, a long lingering aftertaste, and thick balanced texture and evocative aroma. It takes the perfect combination of high elevation rocky soil, cool stand-out weather during the growing season and on the picking and finishing days. In the autumn it is even rarer to get these perfect windows, so we are excited to be sharing this harvest for teh first time. 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.

  2. 2021 Autumn Reserve Traditional Tieguanyin
    2021 Autumn Reserve Traditional Tieguanyin
    Master Zhang's work has won awards at conferences in Fujian and Guangdong for his incredible craft in traditional Tieguanyin finishing. This autumn, we are excited to once again offer his reserve designation harvest with a traditional finish, undoubtedly Master Zhang's favorite tea to make and share with friends. Master Zhang's award-winning technique brings out the deep fruit and dark florals that don't have a chance to shine in greener, more modern finishes. Instead of simply designating his higher elevation teas as "Reserve," Master Zhang holds back this title to only the very few pickings that meet his criteria of intense aroma, lingering pervasive aftertaste, rich deep florals, light cooling sensations, and creamy texture. The conditions while picking and processing only rarely come together to facilitate a tea that hits every thing that Master Zhang strives for. This limited harvest embraces his award-winning ideals for a stunning brew.
  3. 2021 Autumn Traditional Mao Xie
    2021 Autumn Traditional Mao Xie
    This is arguably Daping Village’s most “classic” tea. Mao Xie varietal 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.
  • 'Daping’s natural mountain springs, perfect soil, and cool climate make it a paradise for tea. Master Zhang and his family have been growing in the mountaintops above Daping Village for as many generations back as they can trace.'

  • 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. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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