Muzha Tie Guan Yin King Organic Roasted Oolong Tea - Spring 2016Taiwan Sourcing
The history of Muzha Tie Guan Yin began in 1919, the year that the Chang Family brought the Tie Guan Yin varietal to Taiwan to cultivate. In other words, Tie Guan Yin has a relatively long history among Taiwanese teas, and today the offspring of the original Chang Family is still making the most authentic and classical Tie Guan Yin for the pickiest tea drinker.
Classical Tie Guan Yin is made from 100% Hong Xin Wai Wei Tao Varietal "紅心歪尾桃" and has to be processed in a certain way which involves numerous stages of rolling and delicate roasting that will take approximately 20 hours across 2 days to complete the process. The result is a beautiful balance of a strong "Guan Yin Rhythm" and the light fruit acid scent which can only be found in Muzha Tie Guan Yin.
Borne from the competition, this tea was the pearl that represents the highest quality of Muzha Tie Guan Yin. The enchanting aroma and robust body it delivers will remind people why they have fallen in love with tea. The quantity is extremely limited, so act quickly to experience the best Muzha Tie Guan Yin experience you will ever have!
Harvest: Spring 2016 / 春 貳零壹陸
Varietal: Hong Xin Wai Wei Tao (Tie Guan Yin) / 紅心歪尾桃
Elevation: 550 M / 伍佰伍拾 公尺
Region: Muzha / 木柵
Oxidation Level: 47% / 分之 肆拾柒
Roast Level: 6 / 陸 分
This is the pinnacle of Muzha Tie Guan Yin. Thick voluminous mouth-feel that fills the mouth with many tastes. Dried fruit, flower aroma and Tie Guan Yin taste as well. The perfect processing really allows the TGY character to reveal itself in it's full splendor. Small leaves and uniform coloring as well. This made a deep impression on me and I am a very seasoned tea drinker!
From the first sip this tea is remarkable. It evokes the sense that you've found the tea you've been looking for. The touch it has on the palate is both smooth and crisp at the same time. After brewing a few solid rounds the flavors dance around in their sweetness. The roasting is not at all overbearing and creates the layers that TGY drinkers love so much. This is definitely a tea I cherished gongfu style on a cold rainy early evening in northern California. The flavors lingered and had a resonance into the night...Maybe somewhat unlike a king I felt sovereign in my solitude.
An old dog was not surprised by how outstanding this tea is - it is named as "King" for a reason. This "King of TGY" performed very differently than the one from last winter. It no longer carries that opulent aroma and taste of chocolate anymore. Instead, the "King" this spring carries a note of ripe plum and coffee. Exactly, this tea carries an aroma only exists on high-end coffee, making drinking this "King" a special experience to an old dog.