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Produced By Li Xiangxi

Li Xiangxi's family works together in Tongmu applying their incredible skill at roasting to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching rural tea ceremony.

Tasting Profile

  • SAVORY – chocolate
  • SPICY – pine smoke, cinnamon
  • A LITTLE FRUITY – elderberry
  • A LITTLE VEGETAL – sage
Click to watchLi Xiangxi takes a break from hiking in the mountains above her family's workshop in Tongmu
DATE OF PICKING5/25/15
TongmuWuyi, Fujian
ELEVATION600 meters
Xingcun XiaozhongTea Varietal

Li Xiangxi smokes her tea at her family home in the forests of Tongmu, controlling the level of smoke by picking out just the right pieces of resiny sap-laden wood to smolder, scenting in tiny batches for the perfect flavor. Through careful management of pine wood, Li Xiangxi and her family seek to emphasize the intense minerality that natural to everything growing on the bamboo-covered slopes above the Longchuan Gorge.

" The farmer prepared a cup in silence, his heart racing as he offered the tea. The trader scrutinized the color, smelled the tea and looked bewildered. He took a sip and jumped. “What is this?” Before the farmer could respond, he declared “I love it! Nobody has ever tried anything like this before.” To the farmer’s surprise and delight, the Dutch trader – sure of his success – even asked to pay triple for his favorite new tea.... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

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

Gongfu

5 g.6  oz.use 205° watersteep 4 seconds
add 3 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings

Iced/Cold

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

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