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Tieguanyin Xiao Zhong

Tieguanyin Xiao Zhong

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Wuyi-Style Gongfu Black Tea
made from Tieguanyin
Drawing inspiration from old-school Wuyi finishing craft, the Liu Family shows off Tieguanyin’s malty, chocolatey side with this new style of black tea. Notes of cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and barley.
May 2021 ♦ Longjuan, Fujian
Wuyi-Style Gongfu Black Tea
made from Tieguanyin
Drawing inspiration from old-school Wuyi finishing craft, the Liu Family shows off Tieguanyin’s malty, chocolatey side with this new style of black tea. Notes of cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and barley.
May 2021 ♦ Longjuan, Fujian
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Crafted by the Liu Family

Perfectly-situated in a pristine mountain plateau far from central Anxi, the Liu Family cultivates beautiful old-growth Tieguanyin bushes fed by spring water and shaded by mist and clouds.
 
Since the region is so remote, it is free from Anxi’s market influence, allowing the Liu Family to focus on innovative unexpected styles, taking inspiration from all across China and applying new craft to the beloved Tieguanyin varietal.
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2021
    • LongjuanAnxi, Fujian
    • ELEVATION700 m
    • TieguanyinTea Varietal

    This experimental loose leaf black tea is made by the Liu family with leaves from their Tieguanyin tea plants. The inspiration for this tea is Wuyi Xiao Zhong, a traditional and full-bodied black tea from Wuyishan (sometimes smoked with special pine wood). You might expect a bracing and full bodied tea, but when you taste this Tieguanyin varietal processed as a curled, roasted black tea, you find something quite different. Cozy and satisfying, this tea has an unmistakable floral Tieguanyin core under the black tea finishing.

  • true
    80
    chocolate, barley
    true
    40
    cherry
    true
    55
    cinnamon
    true
    40
    vanilla

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - chocolate, barley
    • fruit - cherry
    • spice - cinnamon
    • floral - vanilla


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    2010 Aged Tieguanyin

    This aged release from the Liu Family in Longjuan captures the depth, complexity and nuance of their family's unique mountaintop terroir, brought to new levels of depth with over a decade of careful aging. The Liu Family re-roasts their Tieguanyin annually for a full five years to control for moisture and ensure slow even change. This tea is packed with deep sweet, cooling notes and a mossy evergreen quality all its own

  2. Longjuan Tieguanyin
    Longjuan Tieguanyin

    The Liu Family has been quietly cultivating incredible 'off the beaten path' Tieguanyin for generations on their mountaintop family plot. Their old-growth tea plants benefit from deep roots, rocky soil and daily clouds and mist shading the plants from excess sun. The result is a complex Tieguanyin full of classic creamy notes, along with a unique spiced quality that expresses the Longjuan climate.

  3. Tieguanyin Jin Jun Mei
    Tieguanyin Jin Jun Mei
    While Tieguanyin Xiaozhong uses smaller leaves for a traditional black tea, the Liu Family'a Tieguanyin Jin Jun Mei uses large Tieguanyin buds, orange with down, for a unique and particularly uncommon offering. This is a chance to taste the rich, sweet and savory flavor of bud material in the naturally floral Tieguanyin varietal. This tea is a clear demonstration that farmers like the Liu Family are not tied by tradition to only make what is currently accepted with the varietals they grow.
  • 'There are just so many people turning out jin after jin of modern green or traditional rolled Tieguanyin... Instead, the Liu family has been exploring more uncommon styles, like the Tieguanyin black teas Mr. Liu has been making since just before his children (now with children of their own!) were born'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    5
    205
    10 seconds
    5-6
    5
    12
    212
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.5 ozuse 205° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 5-6 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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