Master Zhang's Top Grade Traditional Tieguanyin
Reserve Club – July
The best way to understand Tieguanyin and what makes it so incredible is to stand in the valley below Master Zhang’s terraced fields and take in the landscape. Wildflowers grow through all the rows of tea, mist covers the land, a mountain spring flows into a rivulet, tropical birds call across the valley, and the smell is sweet and pure.
While most of the tea Master Zhang produces is green Tieguanyin, the one he chose to brew for us to welcome us into his home and express the spirit of his land was his traditional Tieguanyin, which undergoes a light roast. Our green Tieguanyin is barely roasted at all, while this undergoes a curing process with careful roasting to bring out more savory notes.
The result is a perfectly balanced, tempered and natural tea. The flavor is still creamy, floral and fresh, but it is complimented with a more caramel and semolina base flavor. The depth invites many steepings and further exploration. Since Master Zhang chose this tea to welcome us, we thought it would make a natural fit in the Reserve Club.