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2022 Spring Tieguanyin

2022 Spring Tieguanyin

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Iconic, true high elevation
Tieguanyin
The tea that put Anxi on the map, masterfully finished by Zhang Rongde and his fifty years experience with oolong craft. Classic notes of saffron, jasmine, melon, and cream. Lingering aftertaste.
Spring 2022 ♦ Green Finish
Iconic, true high elevation
Tieguanyin
The tea that put Anxi on the map, masterfully finished by Zhang Rongde and his fifty years experience with oolong craft. Classic notes of saffron, jasmine, melon, and cream. Lingering aftertaste.
Spring 2022 ♦ Green Finish
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SPRING 2022 PRE-ORDER

This 2022 spring pre-order tea has been picked and finished by Master Zhang in Daping, Anxi and is already on its way here!

We expect to ship this tea to customers by the end of June (or sooner!). Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once these teas have arrived in the US. 

Crafted by Master Zhang

Environmentalist and award-winning craftsman, Master Zhang is committed to pioneering low-impact tea farming that replenished 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 PICKINGMay 2022
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 m
    • TieguanyinTea Varietal

    This new 2022 is coming soon and available for pre-order now!

    Master Zhang is proud to be sharing true Tieguanyin varietal oolong, fed by mountain spring water and grown without pesticides or fertilizers under the high mountain mist. Most Tieguanyin sold is actually Benshan or other similar varietals which lack the long drawn out aftertaste of Tieguanyin. The biodiversity of Daping lends complexity and depth of flavor to this tea, with a compelling combination of fresh aroma, clean flavor and compelling aftertaste.

  • true
    70
    saffron, jasmine, vanila
    true
    70
    candied melon
    true
    50
    ginger, pine
    true
    40
    basil
    true
    60
    whipped cream
    true
    juicy, mouth-watering

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - saffron, jasmine, vanila
    • fruit - candied melon
    • spice - ginger, pine
    • vegetal - basil
    • savory - whipped cream
    • texture - juicy, mouth-watering


Master Zhang also recommends

  1. 1990 Aged Tieguanyin
    1990 Aged Tieguanyin
    This limited 1990 harvest of aged Tieguanyin stands out as unique from the others because the leaves were hand-processed by Master Zhang using traditional Oolong Revival style, where one end of leaf is slightly curled and the other is extended. Master Zhang describes the shape as a ‘dragonfly’. These leaves were turned and fluffed three times the normal standard for modern Tieguanyin. The result of this unique processing and the 25 years of age creates a deep shu pu’er-like earthy flavor most similar to the clean fermentation of Xingyang shu pu’ers. We have never tasted anything like this in an oolong. It has the foresty richness of shu pu’er but the sweet caramel aftertaste of oolong.
  2. 2022 Original Wulong Revival
    2022 Original Wulong Revival

    Master Zhang is a true innovator. He doesn’t make tea to follow trends. He experiments and takes risks to make tea better for the generations to come. This Original Wulong Revival uses the older Ben Shan varietal leaf and undergoes three times more careful hand turning and fluffing than modern Anxi oolong. For finishing, it is loosely rolled in the oldest style of oolong making that is half strip style and half ball, with many of the leaves more strip-style than rolled. Master Zhang describes the shape as a dragonfly. This hand processing and shaping yields a different tea - a genre of its own outside of Wuyi style, Guangdong style or Anxi style. The light roast is rewarding and brings out a unique savory sweet complexity we don’t see in other teas from Master Zhang.

  3. 2005 Aged Tieguanyin
    2005 Aged Tieguanyin
    Master Zhang is making some of the finest Tieguanyin in the world. Based in Daping village at the very highest peaks of Gande, Anxi. His terraced fields are overgrown with wildflowers, and fed by naturally sweet and clear mountain spring water. Master Zhang's slow and subtle roasting and aging process adds deep lingering spice to the Tieguanyin florals. This ten year old harvest is already rich and full of spice.
  • 'The beauty of Master Zhang’s tieguanyin tea fields cannot be understated. We wandered his fields for hours, taking the smells, the sounds, the clean air and the sunshine. The precious micro-climate created by the peaks is an invaluable resource.'

  • 5
    6-8
    208
    20 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 20 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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