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Autumn 2018 Light Charcoal Roast Anxi Tieguanyin (8g)

Autumn 2018 Light Charcoal Roast Anxi Tieguanyin (8g)

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June 2019: 2018 tieguanyin from the same farm is now available! While very similar to the 2017 batch, I think the 2018 batch is even better!

This tieguanyin is from a farm in Anxi that produces very good, and very clean, tieguanyin at altitudes over 1000m elevation. I originally tried their tieguanyin in 2016, and was very surprised by the quality of their tea, as a lot of modern green tieguanyin is flawed in some way. To date, this farm produces the best modern green Anxi TGY I've ever tried at this price level!

I recently received new samples of their tea from autumn (fall) 2018 and I feel the quality of their tieguanyin is even better than before! I brewed this tea in a gaiwan to see if I could detect any flaws in the tea: there aren't any!

This tea is charcoal roasted, but very lightly. This is a new school approach to roasted oolong and this tea is very pleasant, with just a touch of charcoal aroma. The tea has changed from the roast, but the color of the liquor is light and the leaves aren't anywhere near as dark as my other roast tieguanyins. 

This tea is packed into 8g packets that both the farm and I keep refrigerated until shipment. These vacuum sealed bags will keep the tea fresh for around a year if the tea is stored in the fridge. Please let the bags warm to room temperature before opening. As a general rule, I wait 24 hours before opening a bag, but 12 hours would probably be more than enough. 

In the cup, this tea is light, smooth and sweet. There is no sourness or bitterness and there is a light fruity note from the base material, along with longan flavor that developed from the roast. There is also classic tieguanyin character, and it is clean and without any of the undesirable character you find in lower grade material. The leaves aren't as pretty as with the green tieguanyin (slightly lower grade material is used for the charcoal roast tieguanyin) but you can still very much tell that superior base material was used! The flavor is long lasting and lingers on the palate for a long time. There is also a date finish to this tea, which I found fascinating and very pleasant!

Brewing suggestion: 95-100 Celsius, depending on taste. Either a gaiwan or teapot would suit this tea, and I suggest using vessels in the 80-120ml range. I would rinse once, then flash infuse, before lengthening each infusion by 5 seconds or so. If you notice the flavor drop off in an infusion, add ten seconds to the next infusion. Use water of low hardness (30-50 mg/L, with 3-5 mg/L of magnesium).

Wholesale pricing is available on this tea. Feel free to contact me for more information!

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