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2023 Special Grade Spring Tieguanyin

2023 Special Grade Spring Tieguanyin

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Master Zhang’s finest
competition-level oolong
This rare example of a tea that meets Master Zhang’s Special Grade designation is all about juicy, sparkling, cooling, tingling after-sensation and lingering aromatics. Notes of jasmine incense, melon, cardamom, marzipan, and honey.
This rare example of a tea that meets Master Zhang’s Special Grade designation is all about juicy, sparkling, cooling, tingling after-sensation and lingering aromatics. Fresh Spring harvest coming soon + available to pre-order!
Spring 2023 ♦ Green Finish
Master Zhang’s finest
competition-level oolong
This rare example of a tea that meets Master Zhang’s Special Grade designation is all about juicy, sparkling, cooling, tingling after-sensation and lingering aromatics. Notes of jasmine incense, melon, cardamom, marzipan, and honey.
This rare example of a tea that meets Master Zhang’s Special Grade designation is all about juicy, sparkling, cooling, tingling after-sensation and lingering aromatics. Fresh Spring harvest coming soon + available to pre-order!
Spring 2023 ♦ Green Finish
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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 PICKINGMay 2023
    • 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.

  • true
    90
    guava, pear
    true
    90
    orchid, saffron, blue lotus
    true
    70
    shortbread, whipped cream
    true
    100
    aloeswood incense, camphor
    true
    50
    sweet grass
    true
    mineral, carbonated

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - guava, pear
    • floral - orchid, saffron, blue lotus
    • savory - shortbread, whipped cream
    • spice - aloeswood incense, camphor
    • vegetal - sweet grass
    • texture - mineral, carbonated

  • '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.'


Master Zhang also recommends

  • 7
    6-8
    208
    20 seconds
    10
    7
    6
    208
    6 seconds
    3
    7
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

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

    Gongfu

    7 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 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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