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2022 Chun Lan Wuyi Oolong

2022 Chun Lan Wuyi Oolong

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Rich varietal
named for its iconic orchid notes 
Juicy fruit, rose, cardamom and cooling complexity come together in this celebration of aromatics, a reserve-level hand-fired oolong from the Li Family that shows off cooling, tingling aftertaste.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Rich varietal
named for its iconic orchid notes 
Juicy fruit, rose, cardamom and cooling complexity come together in this celebration of aromatics, a reserve-level hand-fired oolong from the Li Family that shows off cooling, tingling aftertaste.
Spring 2022 ♦ 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 2022
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 METERS
    • Chun LanTea Varietal

    This extremely limited offering is crafted from the Chun Lan varietal, rarely seen outside of Wuyishan. It was originally selected by Li Xiangxi as a reserve tea to share with our CSA-style tea club members. Hand-fired Chun Lan combines all the big orchid flavor of Qilan with incense spice and cooling yun. The "Yun" sensation in this tea builds with each infusion over time. After several steepings, this Yun begins to dominate as a lingering physical sensation that strengthens the growing mineral texture and flavor.

  • true
    80
    cardamom, basil, pine
    true
    60
    rose, honey, orchid
    true
    70
    orange zest
    true
    70
    toasted barley, toffee
    true
    juicy, cooling, dark

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - cardamom, basil, pine
    • floral - rose, honey, orchid
    • fruit - orange zest
    • savory - toasted barley, toffee
    • texture - juicy, cooling, dark

  • 'The Wuyishan Ecological Preserve was shaped by ancient volcanoes, giving it a mix of extremely rocky and sandy soil. This soil contributes to the flavor of the region’s tea though regulating water drainage and encouraging deeper roots, as well as through its mineral-rich mix of nutrients the tea absorbs as it grows.'


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  • 4
    6
    208
    40 seconds
    30
    5
    6
    208
    15-20 seconds
    15
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 40 secondsresteep many times
    add 30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 15-20 seconds
    add 15 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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