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2023 Special Grade Spring Traditional Tieguanyin

2023 Special Grade Spring Traditional Tieguanyin

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Master Zhang’s finest
traditional-finish oolong
For special grade designation, this tea must meet Master Zhang’s standard for minerality, luscious aftertaste, and cooling sensation. Notes of shortbread cookies, ginger, apricot and candied rose.
For special grade designation, this tea must meet Master Zhang’s standard for minerality, luscious aftertaste, and cooling sensation. Fresh Spring harvest coming soon + available to pre-order!
Spring 2023 ♦ Traditional Finish
Master Zhang’s finest
traditional-finish oolong
For special grade designation, this tea must meet Master Zhang’s standard for minerality, luscious aftertaste, and cooling sensation. Notes of shortbread cookies, ginger, apricot and candied rose.
For special grade designation, this tea must meet Master Zhang’s standard for minerality, luscious aftertaste, and cooling sensation. Fresh Spring harvest coming soon + available to pre-order!
Spring 2023 ♦ Traditional 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 coming soon!

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. 

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

    This is Master Zhang's absolute highest designation competition-level Tieguanyin, a rare allocation that we are pleased to offer for the first time ever. Most years Master Zhang is unable to set aside a traditional-finish Special Grade, as it requires a perfect alignment of weather, deep-rooted old-growth tea bushes, and perfect craft. Any special Grade designation from Master Zhang must meet his serious standards in terms of having the longest aftertaste, tingling, electrical after-sensation, juicy, mouth-watering sweetness and enveloping aromatics. When a picking is a candidate for meeting these standards it is set aside for full traditional hand-finishing, and even when completed, is only called Special Grade if the result warrants this rare label.

  • true
    60
    shortbread cookies
    true
    100
    cedar, eucalyptus, ginger
    true
    70
    apricot, pineapple
    true
    80
    candied rose, saffron
    false
    50
    mint, cucumber
    true
    enveloping

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - shortbread cookies
    • spice - cedar, eucalyptus, ginger
    • fruit - apricot, pineapple
    • floral - candied rose, saffron
    • texture - enveloping

  • '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.'


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  • 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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