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Produced By the Liu Family

In Longjuan, Anxi, tradition and market pressures don’t drive the Liu Family to focus exclusively on traditional techniques; instead, they explore unexpected styles, mixing techniques and taking inspiration from across China to build a demand for their craft.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY SAVORY – chestnuts, caramel, tiramisu
  • SPICY – cinnamon, clove, mineral
  • A LITTLE FRUITY – plum, pear, honey
DATE OF PICKINGAutumn 2016
LongjuanAnxi, Fujian
ELEVATION700 m
TieguanyinTea Varietal

This experimental tea uses Tieguanyin leaves, normally tightly curled, and finishes them with Wuyi-style strip-oolong processing. The tea is twisted and given a heavy roast to evoke Big Red Robe style. The fascinating thing about this tea is that despite a processing style that points to Wuyi, the flavor is still one hundred percent Tieguanyin. A tart pinot noir wine-like aroma primes the palate for a dark plum and roasted burdock flavor and heavy minerality. Herbaceous lemon thyme, crisp pear and sweet honey come through in later steepings. The pull between fruity herbaceous Tieguanyin, and mineral-heavy roast makes for a dynamic tasting experience.

" He Qingqing introduced us to Mrs. Liu when we set up our own offices with the He Family in a shared space. Mrs. Liu often walks across the way to help Qingqing and Weiwei pack up fresh shipments of tea, or keeps an eye on Niu Niu and her son while coming over to chat and sticker bags... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

5 g.6-8
oz.
use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
add 15-30 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.5  oz.use 205° watersteep 10 seconds
add 5-6 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings

Iced/Cold

5 g.12
 oz.
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy

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