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2022 Dark Roast Tie Luohan

2022 Dark Roast Tie Luohan

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The Ultimate Deep-Roasted
Hand-Fired Oolong
Several rounds of meticulous hand-firing bring out intense depth in this reserve-level oolong, with notes of hazelnut toffee, cocoa, saffron and an intense rocky lingering texture.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
The Ultimate Deep-Roasted
Hand-Fired Oolong
Several rounds of meticulous hand-firing bring out intense depth in this reserve-level oolong, with notes of hazelnut toffee, cocoa, saffron and an intense rocky lingering texture.
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
    • Tie LuohanTea Varietal

    Tie Luohan (or Iron Arhat) is one of the four famous varietals that define Wuyi oolong teas, making it highly sought after, with true Tie Luohan varietal in low supply. The Li Family uses a meticulously slow hand firing to bring out the varietal’s natural qualities - a balance of minerality, chocolate notes and subtle florals. Delightfully, the tea finishes with cooling spice and a lingering sparkle that pushes towards yun.

  • true
    100
    rosewood, pine
    true
    100
    hazelnut toffee, cocoa, rye
    true
    60
    orchid, saffron
    true
    70
    papaya
    true
    intense, rocky, lingering

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - rosewood, pine
    • savory - hazelnut toffee, cocoa, rye
    • floral - orchid, saffron
    • fruit - papaya
    • texture - intense, rocky, lingering

the Li Family also recommends:

  1. 2022 Chun Lan Wuyi Oolong
    2022 Chun Lan Wuyi Oolong
    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.
  2. 2022 Rou Gui Wuyi Oolong
    2022 Rou Gui Wuyi Oolong
    The Li Family is becoming famous in Wuyishan for their Rou Gui. The combination of a biodiverse plot, full of wildflowers and natural forest cover, the volcanic rocky soil, mature root stock plants, and multiple twelve hour hand-firing processes spread over several months make their Rou Gui a true standout. Classically, Rou Gui is known for its cinnamon spice, but in the Li Family’s capable hands, the cinnamon spice is bolstered by tingling cooling undertones and deep minerality. This Rou Gui is Li Xiangxi’s focus in all her taste training courses at her family’s Yangxian Academy, served to students and visiting dignitaries as a classic representation of what the varietal is capable of.
  3. 2022 Bai Rui Xiang
    2022 Bai Rui Xiang
    The Bai Rui is the Winter Daphne, a flower native to China with an intensely sweet fruity aroma. This rich incense-forward varietial shares those heady perfumed overtones with its namesake, along with the rare and sought-after yun xiang, the cooling tingling sensation that build up in the back of the throat. The Li Family finishes their Bai Rui Xiang as a ‘reserve’ quality tea, using a meticulous twelve hour hand-firing to bring out deep complexity. The minerality of the family’s volcanic rocky mountainside plot comes through as a textural foundation for the spices to build on, resulting in a balanced, beautifully structured Wuyi Oolong.
  • '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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