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.
deep minerality, cooling cedar
rice wine, cream
spice - deep minerality, cooling cedar
savory - rice wine, cream
fruit - lychee, lemongrass
floral - honey, vanilla
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2018
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
Da BaiTea Varietal
In an historic first, Li Xiangxi and her family have begun to cultivate Da Bai varietal in the cool, rocky, and singular terroir of their old growth fields in the Wuyishan Ecological Preserve. Using traditional sun-drying and airing techniques, the Li's have crafted their first finished white tea and pressed it into beautiful 350g cakes for aging. At a glance, it looks like a classic Shou Mei, but a tasting reveals how much the Wuyi terroir impacts the flavor of Da Bai. This tea is packed with deep minerality, balanced complex texture, and cooling foresty notes that you would not find in classic Fuding white tea. The biodiversity, soil, and water of one of the most famous tea microclimates in the world makes this a fantastic new way to experience what white tea has to offer.
'Wuyishan is incentivized by the market to keep producing the teas that make them famous. Yes this year, the Li Family surprised us with something totally different - white tea. ... Paradoxically, it is the long shadow cast by tradition over tea culture that sparks the most innovation. By studying the past, farmer-researchers can draw on the oldest techniques for inspiration'
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