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.
cedar, sparkling yun, minerality
toasted almond, sweet potato
cinnamon, sandalwood, juniper
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
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.
To produce a Special Grade offering requires perfect weather, perfectly situated old-growth tea stock, shaded by mist through the spring, expert hand-[...]
As low as$8.00
'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 g.6-8 oz.use 208° watersteep 15 secondsresteep many times add 5 sec. each infusion
7 g.5 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds add 2 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings