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2020 Top Grade HK Market Green Anxi Tieguanyin (50g)

2020 Top Grade HK Market Green Anxi Tieguanyin (50g)

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April 14th, 2021

This is an excellent green tieguanyin from one of my long-term suppliers here in Hong Kong. I'd never tried this tea before since I get my green tieguanyin directly from Anxi, but this tea is surprisingly good value for the quality and quite different from my Anxi-direct tieguanyin. This HK family has long-standing connections in the tea industry, so they can often provide amazing tea for the money. This tea greatly surpassed my expectations.

I used 50% dry fill in a 100ml gaiwan to test this tea. After opening up, I realized I'd used far too much leaf, but the tea was very capable of handling this ratio without getting at all unpleasantly astringent or bitter. This is truly an excellent quality green tieguanyin.

In the cup, this tea is sweet, smooth and aromatic. The terroir from this tea is distinct from any other green tieguanyin I've had to date. Green tieguanyin gets a bad rap that I feel is undeserved. Some green tieguanyin is truly excellent. The low grade stuff certainly isn't however!

The liquor is somewhat minty (chlorophyll) and cooling on the palate. There is absolutely no astringency or bitterness in the first infusion, even with my very high ratio. I get some tropical fruit in the aftertaste, which isn't unusual for a high grade green tieguanyin: pineapple is the dominant fruit note. 

When pushed hard, I only get mild astringency and bitterness that actually complement the overall profile of this tea. A little sweet, sour and bitter rounds out tieguanyin to give it a classic flavor profile that old school tieguanyin aficionados appreciate. I also get some cantaloupe, which is an oxidation flavor I get from a lot of tea nowadays. This tea is very easy on my tummy, which is also a hallmark of a high quality tea, as are the grape and blueberry aromatics I get in the bottom of the pitcher on the second infusion. These oolong notes are now common in young sheng pu erh as well. I also get some blackberry aromatics, which were unexpected.

My supplier suggested mixing this tea with more oxidized/roasted tieguanyin for a balanced profile. I haven't tried that myself, but I certainly will. 

The wet leaf also has some buttery aromatics at the end of the session, and I get some distinct honeydew melon in the later infusions as well. 

This is a lovely tea I would recommend to anyone! Anxi tieguanyin quality has been improving every year for the last five years or so, and this is a great example of how the best Anxi teas perform today.

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