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2022 Spring Mao Xie

2022 Spring Mao Xie

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Master Zhang’s oldest
oolong bushes
Mao Xie is native to Master Zhang’s Daping Village. This unique varietal is sweet, and creamy with notes of grilled sweet corn, marigold, and persimmon.
Spring 2022 ♦ Greener Finish
Master Zhang’s oldest
oolong bushes
Mao Xie is native to Master Zhang’s Daping Village. This unique varietal is sweet, and creamy with notes of grilled sweet corn, marigold, and persimmon.
Spring 2022 ♦ Greener 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 VillageFujian Province
    • ELEVATION1000 meters
    • Mao XieTea Varietal

    Mao Xie, or Hairy Crab, is the native cultivar to Daping. The village is extremely proud to be a birthplace of Maoxie varietal, and Master Zhang is excited to share this tea. Grown without pesticides and nourished with natural canola flowers for fertilizer, this tea is uniquely savory and creamy in a way that Tieguanyin cannot be. By growing Mao Xie alongside Tieguanyin, Qilan, Rou Gui and other varietals, Master Zhang can achieve a more biodiverse tea garden yielding healthier plants and better flavor quality. 

  • true
    85
    grilled sweet corn
    true
    70
    persimmon
    true
    60
    galangal
    true
    65
    lotus, marigold
    true
    50
    toasted nori
    true
    juicy, deep

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - grilled sweet corn
    • fruit - persimmon
    • spice - galangal
    • floral - lotus, marigold
    • vegetal - toasted nori
    • texture - juicy, deep

  • 'Tasting this Maoxie reminded us more of Master Zhang’s traditional Tieguanyin partial roast technique, as the savory elements were much richer. Anyone who like traditional Tieguanyin would be fascinated by Daping’s native tea, the Maoxie varietal.'


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.
  • 5
    6-8
    208
    30 seconds
    10
    5
    5
    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.5 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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