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2013 Aged Big Red Robe Mini Cake

2013 Aged Big Red Robe Mini Cake

$45.00
(90g / 3.17 oz)
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Crafted by the Li Family

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
    spice
    100
    cedar, sparkling yun, minerality
    true
    savory
    65
    toasted almond, sweet potato
    true
    spice
    87
    cinnamon, sandalwood, juniper
    true
    floral
    25
    orchid
    true
    fruit
    25
    pomegranate, dates
    false

    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

    The Li Family is excited to offer
    their first ever 90g cake pressing of this special aged tea!

    Over the years, Li Xiangxi and her family have spent time exploring the deep rich complexity that aging can bring to their oolongs. Now, 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 2021 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.



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  • 'In his own words, Li Xiangxi’s brother walks you through the Li family‘s Old Tree Shui Xian groves and explains how allowing the tea trees grow naturally and encouraging biodiversity creates this tea’s special, characteristic flavor profile.'

  • 5
    6-8
    208
    15 seconds
    5
    7
    5
    208
    6 seconds
    2
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 15 secondsresteep many times
    add 5 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.5 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 2 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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