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2021 Spring Original Wulong Revival

2021 Spring Original Wulong Revival

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Master Zhang’s iconic
ancient revival style
A lifetime of research went into bringing back this lost finishing style that brings out sparkling, lingering aftersensation in this Ben Shan oolong. Notes of juniper, eucalyptus honey, pomegranate, and buckwheat.
Spring 2021 ♦ Partial Roast Finish
Master Zhang’s iconic
ancient revival style
A lifetime of research went into bringing back this lost finishing style that brings out sparkling, lingering aftersensation in this Ben Shan oolong. Notes of juniper, eucalyptus honey, pomegranate, and buckwheat.
Spring 2021 ♦ Partial Roast 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 replenishes 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 PICKINGEarly May, 2021
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 m
    • Ben ShanTea Varietal

    This fresh 2021 spring harvest is in stock and shipping now!

    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 Zhangl over the years, this tea has grown to be one of our very favorites!

  • true
    100
    juniper, sage, pepper
    true
    60
    wild eucalyptus honey
    true
    80
    pomegranate
    true
    55
    buckwheat bread
    true
    sparkling, deep, lingering

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - juniper, sage, pepper
    • floral - wild eucalyptus honey
    • fruit - pomegranate
    • savory - buckwheat bread
    • texture - sparkling, deep, lingering


Master Zhang also recommends:

  1. 2005 Aged Wulong Revival
    2005 Aged Wulong Revival
    The “Dragonfly” style was the most traditional oolong finishing technique in Anxi before the rolled ball became popular. Master Zhang has been experimenting with this style for years as part of his work as a teacher and community leader for other farmers in Daping. Every year Master Zhang sets aside any interesting standouts for long term aging, which requires re-roasting every year to keep the moisture level as low as possible. The slow process of change brings out deep complexity and dark sweet undertones over many years. Master Zhang is sharing a portion of his personal reserve from early experiments for his revival project, giving us the chance to taste the first truly aged Revival Style Anxi oolong from Daping.
  2. 2022 Autumn Reserve Traditional Tieguanyin
    2022 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. 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.

  • 'Wild flowers grow freely among natural flora and established tea hedges. The constant flowering works double duty – attracting insects away from the growing tea leaves while infusing the growing plants with their complex aroma.'