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2023 Special Grade Autumn Traditional Tieguanyin

2023 Special Grade Autumn Traditional Tieguanyin

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Special Grade
Traditional Oolong
Beautifully lingering + powerful, this preciously-small harvest meets Master Zhang's Special Grade Designation. Notes of butterscotch, apple pie, cedar, and honey.
Autumn 2023 ♦ Traditional Finish
Special Grade
Traditional Oolong
Beautifully lingering + powerful, this preciously-small harvest meets Master Zhang's Special Grade Designation. Notes of butterscotch, apple pie, cedar, and honey.
Autumn 2023 ♦ Traditional Finish
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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 PICKINGNovember 2023
    • Daping VillageAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION1000 m
    • TieguanyinTea Varietal

    Master Zhang takes his Special Grade designation seriously. In order for a batch to be set aside as Special Grade, it has to meet an incredibly high standard of sweetness, a long lingering aftertaste, and thick balanced texture and evocative aroma. It takes the perfect combination of high elevation rocky soil, cool stand-out weather during the growing season and on the picking and finishing days. In the autumn it is even rarer to get these perfect windows, so we are excited to be sharing this harvest for the first time as a Traditional finish. 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.

  • true
    80
    apple pie, melon
    true
    70
    pine, cedar
    true
    40
    vanilla, honey
    true
    80
    butterscotch, cream
    false
    50
    caramelized artichoke
    true
    sparkling, tingling

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - apple pie, melon
    • spice - pine, cedar
    • floral - vanilla, honey
    • savory - butterscotch, cream
    • texture - sparkling, tingling

  • '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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