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2022 Gua Zi Jin Wuyi Oolong

2022 Gua Zi Jin Wuyi Oolong

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Rich, Toasty & Savory
Rare Cultivar Wuyi Oolong
The Li Family cultivates a small grove of Gua Zi Jin on their beautiful plot within the Wuyishan National Park. Notes of sweet potato, blackberry, vanilla, sage and a thick rich texture
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Rich, Toasty & Savory
Rare Cultivar Wuyi Oolong
The Li Family cultivates a small grove of Gua Zi Jin on their beautiful plot within the Wuyishan National Park. Notes of sweet potato, blackberry, vanilla, sage and a thick rich 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
    • Gua Zi JinTea Varietal

    This beautiful oolong smells like roasted pumpkin and semolina right out of the bag. Deep smoldering spice compliments the sweet pumpkin, along with notes of deep pomegranate. Through multiple infusions, the tea remains tightly composed, bright and sunny. As the aftertaste builds up, you can taste the beautiful stoney minerality of Wuyishan and the Li Family’s rocky soil.

  • true
    85
    toasted sweet potato, sunflower seed
    true
    85
    basil, sage
    true
    75
    blackberry
    true
    45
    marigold, vanilla
    true
    rocky, rich, thick

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - toasted sweet potato, sunflower seed
    • spice - basil, sage
    • fruit - blackberry
    • floral - marigold, vanilla
    • texture - rocky, rich, thick

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. 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.
  3. 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.
  • 'When you make tea, the craftsman has to sense that the tea is great'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    12 seconds
    8
    7
    6
    205
    5 seconds
    3
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 12 secondsresteep many times
    add 8 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.6 ozuse 205° 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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