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2013 Aged Big Red Robe Cake

2013 Aged Big Red Robe Cake

$165.00
(350g / 12.35oz)
Quantity remaining: 5

Crafted by Li Xiangxi

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.
  • true
    100
    cedar, sparkling yun, minerality
    true
    65
    toasted almond, sweet potato
    true
    87
    cinnamon, sandalwood, juniper
    true
    25
    orchid
    true
    25
    pomegranate, dates

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - cedar, sparkling yun, minerality
    • savory - toasted almond, sweet potato
    • spice - cinnamon, sandalwood, juniper
    • floral - orchid
    • fruit - pomegranate, dates
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2013
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 METERS
    • Qi DanTea Varietal

    Over the years, Li Xiangxi and her family have spent time exploring the deep rich complexity that aging can bring to their oolongs. For the first time ever, they are taking this oolong aging to the next level with full cake pressings, tapping into the family reserve for this 2013 Big Red Robe. This tea was aged loose and carefully hand fired over a low charcoal heat each year during the initial aging process to control moisture and bring out deep textural complexity. Finally, the tea was lightly steamed and pressed in 2018 for aging in cake form. Already, the tea is full of cooling sparkling yun and cedar forest aromatics. It will be exciting to see it continue changing over the years.


  • '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
    6-8
    208
    20 seconds
    10
    7
    6
    208
    5 seconds
    3
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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