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2022 Special Grade Spring Tieguanyin

2022 Special Grade Spring Tieguanyin

This tea is pre-packed into 5g single servings for all sizes under 100g
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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.
Spring 2022 ♦ 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.
Spring 2022 ♦ Green 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 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 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.

  • true
    75
    saffron, jasmine incense
    true
    55
    pomegranate, melon
    true
    80
    eucalyptus, cardamom
    true
    60
    marzipan honey cakes
    true
    50
    caramelized artichoke
    true
    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

  • '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

  1. 2021 Autumn Reserve Traditional Tieguanyin
    2021 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.
  2. 2021 Autumn Traditional Mao Xie
    2021 Autumn Traditional Mao Xie
    This is arguably Daping Village’s most “classic” tea. Mao Xie varietal is native to the area and grew on the mountains above Daping long before Tieguanyin was planted. Master Zhang’s labor-intensive traditional finish hearkens back to the style before the modern green oolong trend became popular and all Anxi teas were finished with at least a light roast and oxidation. Mao Xie translates to “hairy crab,” a reference to the appearance of the leaves. A classic traditional finish on Mao Xie brings out the iconic savory notes in the varietal and makes it taste almost pastry-like.
  3. 2021 Autumn Traditional Tieguanyin
    2021 Autumn 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. 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. This is the tea that Master Zhang grew up with and is his greatest passion. The mist shaded mountain air and sweet spring water make this true Tieguanyin varietal tea even more nuanced.
  • 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