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2023 Spring Tieguanyin

2023 Spring Tieguanyin


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 2023
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 m
    • TieguanyinTea Varietal

    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
    honeydew melon
    saffron, jasmine
    cucumber mint
    creamy vailla pudding
    fresh candied ginger
    sparkling, creamy

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - honeydew melon
    • floral - saffron, jasmine
    • vegetal - cucumber mint
    • savory - creamy vailla pudding
    • spice - fresh candied ginger
    • texture - sparkling, creamy

Master Zhang also recommends

  1. Tasting the Decades with Aged Tieguanyin
    Tasting the Decades with Aged Tieguanyin

    This bundle includes five 25g bags of aged oolong tea for 125 total (20 sessions). Master Zhang Rongde has been making oolongs for over fifty years. Over the course of his career he has championed sustainable farming, taught finishing techniques to all of Daping Village, and researched ancient and nearly lost fishing techniques. He has also set aside some of his favorite harvests over the years for long term aging- taking out these precious Tieguanyin reserves and re-roasting them yearly to meticulously control for moisture.

    This tasting kit is a chance to truly taste Zhang Rongde’s life work- Tieguanyin aged from the 90's all the way through the early 2000’s. His oldest teas have picked up deep complex cooling herbaceous complexity and deep sweet aftertaste. Taste them back to back to see how extra years transform Tieguanyin- and to see how Master Zhang has preserved their deep aromatic floral core through over 30 years. Thanks to a long friendship and partnership with Master Zhang Rongde, he continues to open his precious reserves to us so that he can share true Tieguanyin with the world.

    Expect deep, complex, evocative oolongs that are profoundly settling, with long aftertastes and powerful aromas.

    Regular Price $72.50 $65.25
  2. 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.
  3. 2000 Aged Tieguanyin
    2000 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 rarely releases such mature aged Tieguanyin, but when he does, the result is intensely rewarding. The slow and subtle roasting and aging process adds deep lingering spice to the Tieguanyin florals.
  • '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
    20 seconds
    10 seconds
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions


    5 g.6-8
    use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion


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


    5 g.12
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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