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2021 Special Grade Shui Jin Gui

2021 Special Grade Shui Jin Gui

Crafted by the Li Family

This extremely limited Li Family Reserve offering is hand-picked and meticulously hand-fired for deep complexity. Family proceeds go to teaching Wuyi Tea Ceremony in the community.
  • true
    100
    deep forest, aloeswood
    true
    60
    passionfruit
    true
    60
    lilikoi
    true
    60
    deep roast
    false
    80
    chinotto citrus
    true
    powerful cooling yun, sparkling

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - deep forest, aloeswood
    • fruit - passionfruit
    • floral - lilikoi
    • savory - deep roast
    • texture - powerful cooling yun, sparkling
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600
    • Shui Jin GuiTea Varietal

    Deep forest, tropical florals and powerful aftertaste - the new 2021 harvest is here!

    To produce a Special Grade offering requires perfect weather, perfectly situated old-growth tea stock, shaded by mist through the spring, expert hand-picking and critically, an exhaustive production process of small batch hand yaoqing and five to six rounds of hand-firing. The Li Family is only able to produce a few kilos of this special tea every year. Li Xiangxi sets aside a small allotment for us because she loves Shui Jin Gui varieties so much that she wants to share what she thinks is one of the truest expressions of Wuyishan with interested tea lovers outside of China. Tasting notes can’t capture the critical tingling cooling sparkling sensation that is yun and the way that it lingers in the back of the throat, building with each sip and letting each steeping build on the potency of the one before.


  • 'Indeed, the most prized tea in Wuyi are the wild tea bushes that grow right out of a split in the rock. The flavor of tea growing from the rock and tea growing from the soil is vastly different. While all of Li Xiangxi’s teas have a sweet and nuanced mineral flavor that evokes the peaks she tends to, her wild picked old tree tea has a deep and haunting mineral flavor that proclaims the legendary origins of the tea.'

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    6
    208
    18 seconds
    10
    7
    5
    208
    5 seconds
    3
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    6 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 18 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.5 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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