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2022 Special Grade Spring Tieguanyin

2022 Special Grade Spring Tieguanyin



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

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
    saffron, jasmine incense
    pomegranate, melon
    eucalyptus, cardamom
    marzipan honey cakes
    caramelized artichoke
    cooling, sparkling juicy yun

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - saffron, jasmine incense
    • fruit - pomegranate, melon
    • spice - eucalyptus, cardamom
    • savory - marzipan honey cakes
    • vegetal - caramelized artichoke
    • texture - cooling, sparkling juicy yun
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2022
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 m
    • TieguanyinTea Varietal

    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 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.

Master Zhang also recommends:

  1. 2021 Spring Tieguanyin
    2021 Spring Tieguanyin
    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.
  2. Autumn Dark Roast Liao Mian Ji
    Autumn Dark Roast Liao Mian Ji

    Complex and sweet with notes of sumac, cinnamon, and almond nougat - the new autumn harvest is here!

    Master Zhang cultivates this almost unheard-of varietal as part of his commitment to achieving the rich biodiversity in his tea fields, all while maintaining zero-impact agriculture for his Original Ecological Preserve designation. Liao Mian Ji is a unique cultivar, full of deep dessert-like caramel undertones and rich nutmeg and spice. Master Zhang’s slow, full roast brings out even more sweetness in the aftertaste.

  3. 2021 Spring Traditional Tieguanyin
    2021 Spring Traditional Tieguanyin
    Master Zhang excels at finishing his traditional Tieguanyin. He works to bring out the florals and strengthen them, allowing the green quality of the tea to shine through while providing a sweet and nuanced counterbalance through delicate roasting. This is the tea that Master Zhang grew up with and his greatest passion. The mist shaded mountain air and sweet spring water make this true Tieguanyin varietal tea even more nuanced.
  • '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
    20 seconds
    6 seconds
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions


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


    7 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings


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

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