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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 – pastry, burdock, sweet potato
  • FLORAL – orchid, jasmine
  • SPICY – masala chai spice, cedar
  • A LITTLE FRUITY – grapefruit
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2016
LongjuanAnxi, Fujian
ELEVATION700 m
TieguanyinTea Varietal

While Tieguanyin Xiaozhong uses smaller leaves for a traditional black tea, the Tieguanyin Jin Jun Mei uses large Tieguanyin buds, orange with down, for a unique and particularly uncommon offering. Only one kilo of tea is available from the 2016 spring harvest. This is a rare chance to taste the rich, sweet and savory flavor of bud material in the naturally floral Tieguanyin varietal, and a clear demonstration that farmers like the Liu Family are not tied by tradition to only make what is currently accepted with the varietals they grow.

" 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 180° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
add 15-30 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.5  oz.use 180° 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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