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.
green melon, freeze dried strawberry
ginger, licorice, minerality, yun
fruit - green melon, freeze dried strawberry
spice - ginger, licorice, minerality, yun
vegetal - sage, cedar
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2009
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
Qi DanTea Varietal
This beautiful pressing from Li Xiangxi harkens back to the earliest teas of Wuyishan, which were traditionally pressed into cakes for Song Dynasty tea ceremony. The Li Family chose to set aside a reserve harvest from 2009 that has been meticulously fired at a low temperature just enough to control for moisture without adding roasted flavor to the tea. The depth of flavor comes from the natural varietal and the aging time. The result is a deep, sweet, foresty mineral-driven brew with a green 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.'
5 g.6-8 oz.use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
7 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 5 seconds add 3 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings