V39426-sample=77 The aromatics of Tieguanyin take at least three steepings to really come out, and the leaves can resist fully unfurling for five or six steepings. Throughout the Phoenix Mountains outlying Chaozhou city in north eastern Guangdong province, grow the historic tea plants used to create "dancong" oolong teas. Da Ye Oolong (大叶乌龙) refers to the huge leaves that make this cultivar distinct. Both harvests are really interesting in different ways. Our partner Master Zhang gives equal care and dedication to all the cultivars of Anxi because the more perspectives he can bring to oolong, the truer a picture he can paint of the actual flavor of the region. The good news is that hand-picked, hand-finished Tieguanyin from high mountain peaks, organically cultivated in a biodiverse environment and finished using slow meticulous tradition processing can still be enjoyed for an incredibly reasonable price compared to – for example – Wuyishan. Like all agricultural endeavors, growing tea requires a ton of decision making, improvisation for the weather and decades of accumulated experience to produce good tea leaves. A better indicator is actual information on how clean farming is being done. Was it dark roasted, finished traditionally or with the greener more modern style? Master Zhang's tea fields above Daping, Anxi, Like all agricultural endeavors, growing tea requires a ton of decision making, improvisation for the weather and decades of accumulated experience to produce good tea leaves. To recap, higher elevation and smaller villages away from the cities means you are more likely to be getting clean tea from a climate that encourages complexity and sweetness in the leaf. This tea originally premiered in the Sept. 2020 Tea of the Month Club box! If you’ve tried Tieguanyin and prefer the creamier, more buttery examples, Mao Xie is the tea to try next. Is this a “Fake tea” that I have bought? 2020 Cai Cong Anxi Oolong . Major tea types from Anxi include the famous tieguanyin, and the lesser known mao xie and ben shan oolongs as well as huang jin gui and the newly developed jinguanyin. This Anxi tea really tastes bad, no pungent flavour, gives a very dark brew. Green modern finish oolongs have about six to eight months or really good sweet aromatics to them if they have been stored sealed away from light and heat. This is an oolong to try if you love the fruit-forward profiles but want to move in a different direction than the typical tropical notes that fine Anxi oolongs usually go in. Rocky soil encourages deep strong roots because it allows water to drain through relatively quickly, while clay-rich soil tends to yield shallow weak roots that draw in less minerality because they are usually sitting in moist clay just below the surface. The reason Ben Shan is so popular is that it is powerfully aromatic with a big bold flavor, even in less than ideal soil. Maybe it’s Tieguanyin in there, too, but who knows? Our Imperial Tie Guan Yin (and Jin Guan Yin) and Competition Tie Guan Yin is processed in the Tuō suān style. His careful processing has brought out a surprisingly floral-fruit flavor in this tea along with deep osmanthus florals and a sweet, long aftertaste. Xiāo zhèng 销正 - This processing style has the shortest withering time and the lowest degree of fermentation (发酵). Jin Guanyin is most often seen as a greener more modern finish to really blow out those pineapple fruit flavors. He is committed to transparency and insists on telling the full story behind every offering. The light oxidation of this tea's traditional finish complements the dessert-like flavors of Cai Cong with a buttery, creamy finish. The result is a very green oolong that shows off the floral and fruity flavors that Anxi is famous for. Feel free to write for specific recommendations at support@verdanttea.com. This is a sign that you are drinking an imitation blend being passed off as real Tieguanyin. inv-level=1 So many retailers don’t even bother labelling because their suppliers aren’t telling them the story behind the leaf. Anxi has been renowned as the capital of tea in Fujian, and in March 1995 was named the Home of Chinese Oolong by the Ministry of Agriculture. The result is a very green oolong that shows off the floral and fruity flavors that Anxi is famous for. V39426-cake100= It really blows the florals all the way out to the extreme, supported by juicy fruit. First cultivated hundreds of years ago in our partner Master Zhang’s village of Daping, long before Tieguanyin was planted on their high mountain peaks, Mao Xie translates to “hairy crab,” a reference to the appearance of the leaves. Would appreciate a reply so Anxi can make and sell better tea. In contrast, other Anxi cultivars tend to unfold very quickly. Tao Ren is juicy and full of peach notes, but the mouthwatering juicy texture gives way to a tingling cooling quality. Rou Gui can be translated directly as “cinnamon.” This cultivar is named after its huge cinnamon spice. All Rights Reserved. A season tea drinker is not easily conned as they seek higher tastes. Master Zhang, for example, uses canola that he grows between rows of tea which acts to keep insects away and at the end of the season, can be mulched into fertilizer. Tuō suān 拖酸 - This processing style uses a longer withering time and as a result fermentation (发酵) is more profound, giving a strong/high aroma, thick taste that enters and fills the mouth quickly. Under the right craftsperson, this tingling sensation can be brought out into full on yun, the texture and feeling of cooling that goes all the way down the throat and lingers for hours. © 2019 Verdant Tea. All Rights Reserved. This is the big one – finishing styles will dramatically alter the flavor of your tea. If you like Qilan, this is a great tea to explore for its brighter greener tropical focus. Tao Ren is a great cultivar with an exciting profile unlike any other, perfect for the adventurous oolong devotee. V39430-large= The result was that huge swaths of land got bought up by big plantations so that they could cash in on the Tieguanyin trend. P.O. So, what is the most important thing to look out for when buying Anxi Oolong? This means that each individual producer doesn’t have to make the minimum runs for custom and unique packaging. Almost all Anxi oolong is rolled into iconic little “pearls,” tight balls that unfurl in the gaiwan over several steepings. V39426-s250=0 Aged Tieguanyin can be an incredibly rich and complex taste experience as it tends to develop cooling camphor-like notes over time, along with deep sweetness. Hi Steve – interesting. With a rich tradition that goes back over … If you’ve had Jin Guanyin, you’ve got to try Huang Jin Gui to see where that comes from. A green finish is more balanced and picks up some of the saffron notes you might see in a fine Tieguanyin. Master Zhang cultivates this rare Cai Cong (菜聪) varietal to encourage biodiversity [...], Da Dan is named after a type of osmanthus. This tea originally premiered in the Sept. 2020 Tea of the Month Club box! These commonalities reveal what each craftsperson has come to value most over a lifetime in the workshop and in the tea fields. Unremarkable. Box 582596 • Minneapolis, MN 55458 • (612) 999-1383 Perhaps because of green tea’s early popularity, there is a firm popular belief in both China and the west that an earlier picking date is always better.