Dark Roast Tieguanyin
During Spring 2019, we visited the beautiful tea region of Anxi, Fujian, China - the famous birthplace of Tieguanyin Oolong tea.
Started in 1726 and family-owned for 13 generations, Defeng plantation of Xiping township is dedicated to making traditional Tieguanyin from the heirloom Hongxin cultivar. We toured their sprawling organic plantation, protected area with a Tieguanyin mother tree, and saw the factory where their teas are crafted, ending with a farm-fresh tea tasting.
We absolutely love their whole leaf Tieguanyin, with complex fruity notes, the lingering sweetness of Tieguanyin, and the warm feeling it gives us. We also enjoy appreciating the crimson color of the wet leaf, unique to traditional Hongxin cultivar. We've selected their dark roasted Tieguanyin ("nongxing"), which has been crafted in the traditional style, drawing on a longer charcoal bake time to produce richer, more fruity-sweet notes. Perfect for cold days.
PICKED May 2019 (Spring harvest)
ORIGIN Anxi, Fujian | Est. 1726 | The Wang Family
LEAF Hongxin Varietal | 1 bud 3-4 leaves
CRAFT Picked, withered, basket-tossed, fried, rolled & charcoal-baked
NOTES Baked Fruits, Sweet Plum, Honey-glazed Walnuts
We recommend brewing in a Gaiwan for this tea, but it can also be enjoyed Western style.
Chinese Brew (Gaiwan): 7g | 150ml | 95°C | 20 sec | +5 sec for additional brews | Can steep ~ 8 times
Western Brew (Mug / Teapot): 4g | 350ml | 95°C | 3 min | + 1 min for additional brews | Can steep ~ 3 times