This 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.
deep, toasty, rocky
spice - nutmeg, camphor
fruit - elderberry
floral - rose
savory - brown sugar
texture - deep, toasty, rocky
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
Ban Tian YaoTea Varietal
Deep and dark with notes of spiced fruit - the new 2021 harvest is here!
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.
'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 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