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2021 Special Grade Rou Gui Revival

2021 Special Grade Rou Gui Revival

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Crafted by Master Zhang

Master Zhang’s family has tended the Tieguanyin of Daping Village for generations. His tea is fed by sweet mountain springs and grows on the cloud-enveloped peaks of Anxi.
  • true
    100
    cedar forest, aloeswood
    true
    100
    tropical orchid, peony
    true
    100
    candied lychee, melon
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    50
    panettone
    false
    60
    toasted hazelnut
    true
    electrical powerful yun, minerality

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - cedar forest, aloeswood
    • floral - tropical orchid, peony
    • fruit - candied lychee, melon
    • savory - panettone
    • texture - electrical powerful yun, minerality
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2021
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 m
    • Rou GuiTea Varietal

    Full of complexity and electric, powerful yun - the latest harvest of this special grade tea is here!

    Master Zhang’s reserve designation is an almost impossible standard, requiring the perfect combination of high elevation rocky soil, cool stand-out weather during the growing season and on the picking and finishing days. 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. This reserve designation Rou Gui was hand finished 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.


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  • '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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