Shifeng Semi-Wild High Peak Dragonwell

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea Leaves
Flavors
Broccoli, Chestnut, Smoke, Vegetal, Asparagus, Creamy, Grass, Nutty
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 g 9 oz / 270 ml

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  • “Spring 2019 harvest. I didn’t realize until I sat down to log this tasting note that I had ordered this tea once before. But it’s okay because that was back when I didn’t have an appreciation for...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea

This rare offering from Li Xiaoping can only be picked in years where the weather is perfectly cool and temperate and the rain is very light. At the very top of Li Xiaoping’s peak of Shi Feng there is a grove of trees that have been allowed to grow undisturbed to preserve a natural habitat for birds and increase biodiversity. Among the trees are tea plants that have not been cut back and trimmed every year like the lower slope plants. Because these semi-wild Dragonwell bushes are not tended, they require perfect weather to yield the right flavor.

Li Xiaoping was able to pick these bushes this year and offered us the majority of her tiny yield in the interest of cultural exchange and sharing a unique side of Shi Feng’s terroir not often seen. The flavor is rich, bold and complex, sharing the lingering sweetness an aromatic subtlety of early harvest Dragonwell with the big flavor of later harvests. The tea benefits from Shi Feng’s unique quartz-heavy white sand soil and mountain spring water, as well as the cool protected microclimate that the mountains form.

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Spring 2019 harvest.

I didn’t realize until I sat down to log this tasting note that I had ordered this tea once before. But it’s okay because that was back when I didn’t have an appreciation for dragonwell nor understood how to brew it properly.

For a tea that’s sat in cold storage for 8 months, this has held up remarkably well. The aroma that this tea presents is a nutty, creamy mixture of chestnut, asparagus, and buttered green beans. The brewed tea starts with a vegetal-wheatgrass like flavor quite similar to matcha. Notes of Napa cabbage, asparagus, and green beans appear as the tea continues to steep. It’s strong, full-bodied, and has a very savory flavor. Very drinkable but not as sublime as the higher end Shi Feng dragonwells I had last year. In fairness I didn’t drink it at peak freshness so who knows how good it might have been.

Flavors: Asparagus, Chestnut, Creamy, Grass, Nutty, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 g 9 OZ / 270 ML

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