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2024 Special Grade Rou Gui Revival

2024 Special Grade Rou Gui Revival

This 2024 Spring harvest is arriving now and shipping ASAP!
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Competition-level Rou Gui
meets ancient craft
Master Zhang’s life work researching ancient finishing style brings incredible depth to this special grade Anxi Rou Gui. Cooling, sparkling aftertaste and notes of candied citron, basil, honey cake and peony.
Master Zhang’s life work researching ancient finishing style brings incredible depth to this special grade Anxi Rou Gui. Fresh Spring harvest arriving now + shipping ASAP!
Spring 2024 ♦ Semi Strip-Style Revival
arriving now ♦ Semi Strip-Style Revival
Competition-level Rou Gui
meets ancient craft
Master Zhang’s life work researching ancient finishing style brings incredible depth to this special grade Anxi Rou Gui. Cooling, sparkling aftertaste and notes of candied citron, basil, honey cake and peony.
Master Zhang’s life work researching ancient finishing style brings incredible depth to this special grade Anxi Rou Gui. Fresh Spring harvest arriving now + shipping ASAP!
Spring 2024 ♦ Semi Strip-Style Revival
arriving now ♦ Semi Strip-Style Revival
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SPRING 2024 PRE-ORDER

This 2024 spring pre-order tea has been picked and finished by Master Zhang in Daping, Anxi and is arriving now!

We expect to ship this tea to customers in July. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once all teas in the order have arrived in the US. 

This 2024 spring pre-order tea has is arriving now + shipping ASAP!

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 PICKINGSpring 2024
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 m
    • Rou GuiTea Varietal

    This spring harvest reserve designation Rou Gui was hand finished this spring using a very old, traditional technique that Master Zhang has been researching that involves three times the usual turning and fluffing and a difficult half-rolled half-twisted shape. The result is a textural sensation with a deep intensity. Some years Master Zhang doesn’t designate a reserve or special grade for certain teas. It all depends on the final tea, which needs to satisfy a certain level of sweetness, a long lingering aftertaste, and thick balanced texture and evocative aroma. 

  • true
    90
    peony
    true
    90
    melon ice cream, candied citron
    true
    90
    honey cake
    true
    90
    cinnamon, cardamom
    true
    50
    fresh mint, basil
    true
    cooling sparkling, yun

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - peony
    • fruit - melon ice cream, candied citron
    • savory - honey cake
    • spice - cinnamon, cardamom
    • vegetal - fresh mint, basil
    • texture - cooling sparkling, yun

Master Zhang also recommends:

  • 'The process of making oolong is bringing the tea back and forth between withered and alive... the process of bringing it back from the brink eliminates bitterness and astringency.'

  • 7
    6-8
    212
    30 seconds
    15-30
    7
    5
    212
    10 seconds
    3
    7
    12
    212
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    7 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 212° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.5 ozuse 212° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

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

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