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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 – oat, cocoa, malt
  • VERY FLORAL – rose, honey
  • VEGETAL – camellia leaf, aloe
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2016
LongjuanAnxi, Fujian
ELEVATION700 m
TieguanyinTea Varietal

The inspiration for this tea is Wuyi Xiao Zhong, a traditional and full-bodied black tea from Wuyishan (sometimes smoked with special pine wood). We expected a bracing and full bodied tea when we tasted this Tieguanyin varietal processed as a curled, roasted black tea, but what the Liu Family has created is a tea that's something smooth, sweet, and rich. Full of chocolate notes, a hint of tart hibiscus, savory sweet potato and honey, this easy-going tea is like a cross between honey-cured burdock and Laoshan Black.

" Even with a packed gaiwan and extremely long steep time, this tea has no trace of bitterness or astringency. Instead, the brew remains consistent, mellow and welcoming throughout. The sweet flavor and forgiving nature of this experimental tea make it a wonderful brew for sipping every day... "

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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