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2021 Dark Roast Anxi Ruan Zhi

2021 Dark Roast Anxi Ruan Zhi

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Crafted By 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
    fruit
    95
    candied orange peel, elderberry
    true
    spice
    95
    clove, cinnamon
    true
    savory
    50
    sweet rye bread
    true
    floral
    45
    lilikoi blossoms
    true
    mineral-laden, warming lingering spice

    Tasting Profile

    • 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
    • ELEVATION1000 meters
    • 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.


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  • 5
    6-8
    208
    30 seconds
    10
    5
    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

    5 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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