Tieguanyin Wang King Grades
Tieguanyin Wang Tea - King Grades9
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Each of these five Tieguanyin Wang King grades has an exquisite perfume that defies the imagination.
In the ancient Buddhist cosmology, the universe is divided into six realms. The human sits in the middle, they experience both happiness and suffering in some measures.
The gods and demigods occupy the two higher realms. They live for millions of years, and enjoy all things they desire with ease and abundance - until their fall from grace.
If the Jipin grade is the existence of a dignified human being, then the King grades are the god realm. Can you imagine yourself breathing in the heavenly aroma? Compared to the Jipin grade, the King Grades do give you a real step change in quality.
Another amazing thing about the King grades is that every year's different. This is oolong tea at its cutting edge. Shen and his tea makers innovate rapidly to cater for the rapidly changing taste of the Chinese consumers.
You can expect the same high quality year after year, with subtle changes in nuances.
For the 2011 autumn harvests, my favorites are King Grade 1 and 2. Instead of getting them individually, a good way to sample them is to get the King 5-in-1 Sampler.
King Grade 1 (Autumn 2016) - 32 grams
The deserved successor to the King Grade 1 of 2009 (who was the Gold medal winner of the Shenyang Tea Exposition Fair of October 2008), King Grade 1 has an exquisite osmanthus perfume.
One rule of thumb of tea-tasting is that you leave the best to the last, as they require more experience to appreciate. In particular, there are four elements of the tea journey:
While after-feeling is the most neglected of the tea journey, the Chinese expert regards it as the most important determinant of quality. A high quality tea should make a difference to your day, making you feel refreshed and alert!
King 1 has the best after-feeling of all the King Grades. The aftertaste is very long. My palate stays sweet for as long as 4 hours after tasting! However, the nose perfume is slow, arising only after the 2nd infusion.
This style of tea is also known as Zhengwei, which means Middle Taste. The emphasis is on the after-feeling rather than strong mouthfeel.
King Grade 2 (Autumn 2016) - 32 grams
Successor to the King Grade 2 of 2009 (who was the Silver medal winner of the Shenyang Tea Exposition Fair of October 2008)CKing Grade 2 is similar to 1, but more oxidized. The perfume is orchid.
Being more oxidized gives her a stronger aroma and taste, yet retaining an elegance that makes her very well rounded and harmonious.
You may also be surprised to find her aroma peaks later, after 3 infusions.
King Grade 3 (Autumn 2016) - 32 grams
King Grade 3 is also similar to 1 and 2, with lighter taste and orchid aroma.
She is notable for her wet leaves, which are extremely attractive.
King Grade 4 (Autumn 2016) - 32 grams
King Grade 4 is also orchid with lighter taste and aroma.
She is notable for her attractive wet leaves and exquisitely sweet taste!
King Grade 5 (Autumn 2016) - 32 grams
King 5 is also orchid.
She is notable for her heavier mouthfeel and long stamina. You can infuse her for many times, and yet the flavors will stay and not diminish!
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By Simon (Nottingham)
This tea is exceptionally good, the equal of anything I have had in the best restaurants in Shenzhen or from the best-known teashop in Suzhou. It's a great pleasure for me to be able to find tea of this quality in the West for the first time.
The osmanthus fragrance is very unusual! I don't know if you are into Chinese poetry but osmanthus always seems to me highly evocative of Southern China - it's mentioned frequently by Li Qingzhao (Ching Chao) for one. It's a delightful plant which is not grown enough in the UK!
I look forward to ordering from you again.
By Igor (Chelyabinsk)
Your Tieguanyn King 1 and 2 are just perfect! I have never tasted such Tieguanyin!
Thank you very much for introducing me with a such beautiful tea.
I have not tasted a lot your Dragon Well Jipin yet, because it is a summer tea. We have just now -20 C. So it is not time for Dragon Well!;).
Your Dahongpao AAA Grade is very good but I like less roasted teas like Tieguanyin, Dragon Well, Taiwan oolongs (Dayuling, Li Shan, Dong Din,etc).
I would rate the Tieguanyin 5 out of 5!
By James (Niagara Falls)
I cannot believe my mouth has experienced something so wonderful as this. Not only my mouth, but my mind and body get multiple waves of relaxation long after it hits my gullet. This tea is not a tea-on-the-go kind of tea. You really need to mindfully set out to drink this all day to get it's full effects. I usually get up to 6 infusions easy. The last two I let steep covered for about 10 or more minutes.
By Pierre-Alain (Versegeres)
He said that his palate stays sweet for as long as 4 hours after drinking and I can say that mine stayed like that until I ate again 7 hours later and the day after I wasn't sure if it was my imagination or a true feeling but I still had the taste of peach (and not any peach, for me the best kind) mixed with violets flowers that this wonderful tea was building in the back of my mouth. Great tea.
By Nanette (Boston)
The tea was excellent. I drank it all. I will order it again. For now I am going to order jasmine green tea from you. I hear it makes a good fermented
The tea came fast. I received it in only two weeks I think - very fast.
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