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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

  • VERY SAVORY – pine, juniper
  • FRUITY – elderberry, mandarin
  • A LITTLE FLORAL – rock candy
  • A LITTLE SPICY – Wuyi minerality, subtle smoke
Click to watchLi XIangxi brews tea at her family's Tongmu home and workshop
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2015
TongmuWuyi, Fujian
ELEVATION600 METERS
XINGCUN XIAOZHONGTea Varietal

The unique flavors of Old Tree Wuyi Gongfu Black comes in part from mosses and competing vegetation that grow naturally on and around the old and untended wild bushes in Tongmu. That mossy, woody complexity is something younger cultivated bushes can’t quite capture. This tea is wild-picked from tea growing untended in Longchuan Gorge above the Li Family's workshop, including bushes around 80-100 years old. This tea allows us to study terroir and better understand what makes Wuyi so special.

" Brewing up Old Tree Wuyi Gongu Black, we get tons of piney, woody smokey aroma, an astoundingly powerful aroma considering that this tea is not smoked. By the first infusion, much of the smoke has dissipated leaving that mossy, woody edge that defines this tea.... "
Wild tea plants in Tongmu

Steeping Instructions

Western

4 g.6
oz.
use 208° watersteep 15 secondsresteep many times
add 10 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.5  oz.use 195° watersteep 5 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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