The Li Family hand picks high-elevation spring-fed tea from their misty plot in the Wuyi Ecological Preserve. Their biodiverse plantings, and careful hand-finishing win them awards year after year.
redwood bark, cinnamon
juicy pineapple, pomegranate molasses
wild forest honey
cooling yun, granite minerality
spice - redwood bark, cinnamon
fruit - juicy pineapple, pomegranate molasses
floral - wild forest honey
savory - rye
texture - cooling yun, granite minerality
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2008
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
Qi DanTea Varietal
This beautiful pressing from Li Xiangxi takes inspiration from to the earliest teas of Wuyishan, which were traditionally pressed into cakes for Song Dynasty tea ceremony. The Li Family chose to set aside this reserve harvest from 2008 that has been meticulously fired multiple times over many months over special Wuyi hardwood charcoal to control for moisture without diminishing the natural complexity or aging potential of the tea. The depth of flavor comes from the natural cultivar and the aging time. The brewed tea is a deep, sweet, foresty mineral-driven brew with a juicy aromatic heart. Don't miss the opportunity to try this Song Dynasty throwback from one of the most traditional growing regions in China.
'Tea is full of complex molecules – from sugars and phenols to volatile aromatics. Given enough time and the right conditions, each can transform over time through a variety of complex, natural processes.'