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.
candied orange peel, elderberry
sweet rye bread
mineral-laden, warming lingering spice
fruit - candied orange peel, elderberry
spice - clove, cinnamon
savory - sweet rye bread
floral - lilikoi blossoms
texture - mineral-laden, warming lingering spice
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
Ruan ZhiTea Varietal
Master Zhang brings a new perspective to this beloved varietal with his meticulous and delicate multi-day dark roast process. Ruan Zhi or “Soft Stem” is sometimes better known as "Qing Xin" varietal, used in Taiwan to produce Dong Ding and Baozhong and in Thailand for Doi Mai Salong. While Taiwanese Ruan Zhi tends towards creamy or nutty, Master Zhang’s Daping Village Ruan Zhi is taut and almost crystalline with deep cooling yun sensation, smoldering spice in the aftertaste and beautiful Anxi florals. The dark roast keeps every element in perfect balance.