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2021 Full Roast Shui Xian

2021 Full Roast Shui Xian

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Famously Cooling
Evocative Oolong
One of Wuyishan’s most iconic cultivars, Shui Xian combines daffodil aromatics with a textural depth and complexity that evokes a cedar forest after rain. This dark roast accentuates notes of jasmine, strawberry, and aloeswood.
Spring 2021 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Famously Cooling
Evocative Oolong
One of Wuyishan’s most iconic cultivars, Shui Xian combines daffodil aromatics with a textural depth and complexity that evokes a cedar forest after rain. This dark roast accentuates notes of jasmine, strawberry, and aloeswood.
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

    Deep forest, and juicy aromatics - the new 2021 harvest is here!

    Shui Xian is named after the Narcissus flower, but has the deeper meaning of “Water Sprite.” The cliffs above the Longchuan river are full of caves and ghost stories, so it is not hard to imagine this tea getting its name from an old Taoist legend. Mr. Li hand-fired this batch of Shui Xian to give its cooling texture even more sparkling, tingling intensity. Shui Xian varietal is known for its foresty woody flavors and deep lingering texture. The Li Family’s biodiverse forested tea gardens within the Wuyi Ecological Preserve help play up the varietals natural complexity.

  • true
    100
    daffodil, jasmine
    true
    70
    aloeswood, camphor
    true
    50
    semolina
    true
    50
    strawberry
    true
    forest wood, cooling, sparkling

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - daffodil, jasmine
    • spice - aloeswood, camphor
    • savory - semolina
    • fruit - strawberry
    • texture - forest wood, cooling, sparkling

the Li Family also recommends:

  1. 2022 Big Red Robe
    2022 Big Red Robe
    Li Xiangxi's family grows this tea within the Wuyishan Ecological Preserve, hand picking every leaf and delicately roasting this tea in bamboo baskets over charcoal embers to bring out the natural minerality of the region. Li Xiangxi's eldest brother oversees the family's oolong teas, and believes strongly in standing against the modern trend to over-roast and cover the natural flavor of the tea. This makes the family's Big Red Robe unique among its peers. While Big Red Robe is named after five original bushes that still stand today in Wuyishan, modern Big Red Robe is made from Qidan varietal, which is known for its tremendous balance, and deep warmth. It is truly the archetypal tea of the region, and the place to start your exploration of Wuyi Oolongs as a grounding point of reference. The LI Family’s Big Red Robe consistently wins gold medals at Wuyi tea competitions.
  2. 2021 Sparrow's Tongue Wuyi Oolong
    2021 Sparrow's Tongue Wuyi Oolong

    Sparrow's Tongue, or Que She is named after the shorter, smaller leaves of this distinctive and uncommon Wuyi tea varietal. Sipping Que She is a strong example of "Yun": each infusion brings out more and more of an almost electrical tingling sensation on the tongue and back of the throat. This sensation is inherent to the highest quality leaf from older established tea stock growing in the right rocky conditions in Wuyishan, but it is brought out by slow low-temperature firing in bamboo baskets for fifteen hours at a time, resting several weeks and repeating four to six times. Fruity, rich and cooling, thsi year's Sparrow's Tongue Oolong has notes of dried mango, rose, chestnut and nutmeg. 

  3. 2022 Shui Xian
    2022 Shui Xian
    Li Xiangxi's family has been hand picking and processing tea for generations. Their tea is fed from a mountain spring, with plants between ten and one hundred years old, all grown traditionally without fertilizers or pesticides and picked by hand by the family. This Shui Xian varietal picking really shines with the Li Family's delicate charcoal roasting process to bring out the deep complex forest notes and minerality that make Shui Xian so famous.
  • 'Lingering aromatics, sweet sensation on the sides of the mouth, mouth watering, and a vaporous persistent quality - these are what we call Yan Yun. - Li Xiangxi'

  • 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

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