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2022 Reserve Spring Traditional Tieguanyin

2022 Reserve Spring Traditional Tieguanyin

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Old-School Competition-Level Tieguanyin
Master Zhang’s traditional partly-roasted finish brings out staggering depth, and a cooling, tingling aftertaste in this reserve-level oolong. Notes of peony, baked apple, ginger, and toasted oat.
Spring 2022 ♦ Partly-roasted Finish
Old-School Competition-Level Tieguanyin
Master Zhang’s traditional partly-roasted finish brings out staggering depth, and a cooling, tingling aftertaste in this reserve-level oolong. Notes of peony, baked apple, ginger, and toasted oat.
Spring 2022 ♦ Partly-roasted 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 2021
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1060 m
    • TieguanyinTea Varietal

    Master Zhang's work has won awards at conferences in Fujian and Guangdong for his incredible craft in traditional Tieguanyin finishing. This spring, we are excited to once again offer his reserve 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 for which Master Zhang strives.

  • true
    80
    toasted oat
    true
    80
    peony, rose, vanilla
    true
    50
    baked apple
    true
    65
    pepper, young ginger
    true
    soft minerality, tingling yun

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - toasted oat
    • floral - peony, rose, vanilla
    • fruit - baked apple
    • spice - pepper, young ginger
    • texture - soft minerality, tingling yun

  • 'The beauty of Master Zhang’s tieguanyin tea fields cannot be understated. We wandered his fields for hours, taking the smells, the sounds, the clean air and the sunshine. The precious micro-climate created by the peaks is an invaluable resource.'


Master Zhang also recommends

  1. 1990 Aged Tieguanyin
    1990 Aged Tieguanyin
    This limited 1990 harvest of aged Tieguanyin stands out as unique from the others because the leaves were hand-processed by Master Zhang using traditional Oolong Revival style, where one end of leaf is slightly curled and the other is extended. Master Zhang describes the shape as a ‘dragonfly’. These leaves were turned and fluffed three times the normal standard for modern Tieguanyin. The result of this unique processing and the 25 years of age creates a deep shu pu’er-like earthy flavor most similar to the clean fermentation of Xingyang shu pu’ers. We have never tasted anything like this in an oolong. It has the foresty richness of shu pu’er but the sweet caramel aftertaste of oolong.
  2. 2022 Original Wulong Revival
    2022 Original Wulong Revival

    Master Zhang is a true innovator. He doesn’t make tea to follow trends. He experiments and takes risks to make tea better for the generations to come. This Original Wulong Revival uses the older Ben Shan varietal leaf and undergoes three times more careful hand turning and fluffing than modern Anxi oolong. For finishing, it is loosely rolled in the oldest style of oolong making that is half strip style and half ball, with many of the leaves more strip-style than rolled. Master Zhang describes the shape as a dragonfly. This hand processing and shaping yields a different tea - a genre of its own outside of Wuyi style, Guangdong style or Anxi style. The light roast is rewarding and brings out a unique savory sweet complexity we don’t see in other teas from Master Zhang.

  3. 2005 Aged Tieguanyin
    2005 Aged Tieguanyin
    Master Zhang is making some of the finest Tieguanyin in the world. Based in Daping village at the very highest peaks of Gande, Anxi. His terraced fields are overgrown with wildflowers, and fed by naturally sweet and clear mountain spring water. Master Zhang's slow and subtle roasting and aging process adds deep lingering spice to the Tieguanyin florals. This ten year old harvest is already rich and full of spice.
  • 5
    6-8
    208
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    4-5
    208
    10 seconds
    2
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

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

    Gongfu

    5 g.4-5 ozuse 208° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 2 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

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

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