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2021 Old Tree Shui Xian

2021 Old Tree Shui Xian

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Wuyishan's Most Wild
Complex Oolong Tea
Tea unlike any other, picked from wild-arbor old growth Shui Xian trees covered in moss and hand-fired. This cooling, powerful tea is all about texture and tingly yun sensation. Notes of pine resin, orange blossom, and merengue.
Spring 2021 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Wuyishan's Most Wild
Complex Oolong Tea
Tea unlike any other, picked from wild-arbor old growth Shui Xian trees covered in moss and hand-fired. This cooling, powerful tea is all about texture and tingly yun sensation. Notes of pine resin, orange blossom, and merengue.
Spring 2021 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
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Crafted by the Li Family

Hand-picked and traditionally hand-finished within the true Wuyishan Ecological Preserve on forested biodiverse, rocky, mountainous land for distinct Wuyi minerality.
 
The Li Family is an award-winning, highly respected force for sustainability, hand-firing craft, rare varietal preservation, and tea education in Wuyishan.
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 METERS
    • Shui XIanTea Varietal

    Mossy, foresty "rock juice" - the new 2021 harvest is here!

    The Li family’s position as community leaders and environmental stewards gives them the special privilege to pick from an old wild grove of Shui Xian trees, many over 100 years old that have been left untended for generations. This handful of special trees yield tea with a stunning complexity ad commending textural sensation. The deep roots pick up huge volcanic minerality, while the mossy wild environment encourages the tea to put out tons of polyphenols, meaning bigger complexity. Of course, for a tea this rare, Mr. Li personally hand-picks, oversees hand finishing in the yaoqing process and mandates at least five fifteen hour hand firing sessions over several months before allowing this tea to leave the workshop. This tea is a special opportunity to taste one of the most yun forward and complex Wuyi Oolongs out there, a work of passion for the Li siblings. Tasting notes don’t do justice as so much of this tea is in the texture and tingling almost numbing sensations that build up over multiple steepings.

  • true
    100
    pine resin, frankincense
    true
    90
    daffodil, orange blossom honey
    true
    70
    neroli, bergamot
    true
    70
    torched merengue
    false
    true
    powerful sparkling rock juice

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - pine resin, frankincense
    • floral - daffodil, orange blossom honey
    • fruit - neroli, bergamot
    • savory - torched merengue
    • texture - powerful sparkling rock juice

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    Ten Yr. Aged Full Roast Shui Xian
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    2022 Gold Medal Rou Gui
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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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