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2022 Dark Roast Ban Tian Yao

2022 Dark Roast Ban Tian Yao

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One of the Li Family’s
darkest roasted oolongs
This little-seen reserve-level oolong is re-roasted several times over charcoal embers for deep intense flavor. Notes of allspice, raspberry, daffodil, and chocolate with cooling aftertaste.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
One of the Li Family’s
darkest roasted oolongs
This little-seen reserve-level oolong is re-roasted several times over charcoal embers for deep intense flavor. Notes of allspice, raspberry, daffodil, and chocolate with cooling 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
    • Ban Tian YaoTea Varietal

    After a 24 hour withering and oxidizing process, this tea was hand-fired over another 16 hours, rested, and re-fired five times, then allowed to rest a full month before release. Why does Mr. Li choose to invest so much hand labor into this tea? The weather for this Ban Tian Yao harvest came together so perfectly with the inherent fruity flavors of the varietal that he was confident that he could coax out deep spiced complexity to complement the fruity notes for a true reserve offering. The result is spectacular - a powerful and commanding tea.

  • true
    100
    dark chocolate, toasted almond
    true
    100
    allspice, sandalwood
    true
    60
    raspberry
    true
    85
    daffodil, jasmine
    true
    deep, dark, tingling, powerful

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - dark chocolate, toasted almond
    • spice - allspice, sandalwood
    • fruit - raspberry
    • floral - daffodil, jasmine
    • texture - deep, dark, tingling, powerful


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  • 'The hand-firing uses natural rising heat. It comes up directly and causes caramelization and molecular change… At Wuyi University, they did a collaborative exchange experiment on this. When we use wood fire, it can chemically change the tea. It can oxidize the particles in the tea leaf. So hand-firing and machine baking (or electric firing) yield different flavors. That is the thing about hand-firing. It is an oxidative process. It can chemically change the tea’s composition through oxidation of sugars.'

  • 5
    6-8
    208
    20 seconds
    10
    7
    6
    208
    5 seconds
    3
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.6 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