High Mountain Iron Goddess

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Oolong Tea
Butter, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Honey, Nutmeg, Freshly Cut Grass, Orchid, Persimmon, Toasty, Apricot, Geranium, Honeysuckle, Cookie, Dry Grass, Peach
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 oz / 147 ml

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In Taiwan, gaoshancha (lit. “High Mountain Tea”) is the designation given to oolong cultivated at a kilometer above sea level or more. Typically, these are semi-baked, rolled on the stem and affixed with the title of the mountain of its provenance. This Iron Goddess comes from the gardens above Dali, Yunnan, over two kilometers above sea level. At this elevation, the plants metabolism slows, concentrating new growth with nutrients, and producing a smooth, complex cup. The ‘Iron Goddess of Mercy’ cultivar has traveled from its birthplace in Anxi, China to Taiwan and, now, with master and production lead, Ah Feng, back again to China. The results are remarkable. Notes of white butter, gardenia, toasted chestnuts.

Region: Dali Prefecture, Yunnan, China
Variety: Iron Goddess of Mercy (Tieguanyin)
Elevation: 2,200 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: May 2021
Producers: Mr. Feng and Mr. Lin
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340mL water | 205°F | 3:20

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1514 tasting notes

Yeah, I’m upping the rating. This is easily one of the best Tie Guan Yins with a little bit more oxidation and light roast I’ve had yet. When it gets dryer, it still is fruity and woody like a peach core. Short steeps at first are immensely buttery, and the second and third steeps blossom into gardenia and then something sweeter and fruitier. I keep coming back to it even in spring. Overall, it’s more of a winter early spring tea, but it’s so well rounded that I can see myself drinking it most of the year except summer or in a very hot place. I love perennially it either way.

Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Chestnut, Cookie, Dry Grass, Gardenias, Honey, Peach

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