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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 FLORAL – orchid, violet, gardenia
  • FRUITY – huckleberry, dessert wine
  • SPICY – juniper, pine, rosewood
Mr. Li, Li Xiangxi's brother, in the hills above his family's oolong workshop
DATE OF PICKING5/21/16
TongmuWuyi, Fujian
ELEVATION600
Qi LanTea Varietal

Li Xiangxi's family in Wuyi is making some of the best oolongs in the region. Her whole family- brothers, cousins, sisters, aunts and uncles - all pitch in to work their Wuyi Jiuqiu river valley plot. Because of the sweet mountain springs and flavor complexity that plot's biodiversity contributes to each tea, her family is unique in their careful restrained roasting process. They let the natural perfumed florals and deep rocky minerality come through in their Qilan varietal oolong.

Tea plants bloom in the Li Family's fields
" As the Qilan opens up, it becomes buoyant and powerful like a fine dry sherry with contrasting buckwheat undertones and jasmine high notes. The aftertaste is that of cinnamon and rosewood, accentuated by the big structured minerality that we have come to love in all of Ms. Li’s offerings.... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

5 g.6-8
oz.
use 205° watersteep 12 secondsresteep many times
add 8 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

7 g.6  oz.use 205° 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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