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2022 Gold Medal Rou Gui

2022 Gold Medal Rou Gui

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Award-Winning
Competition-Level Wuyi Oolong
Wuyishan’s Iconic Rou Gui, winning gold medals for the Li Family's unparalleled terroir and hand-firing craft. Notes of cinnamon, peach, cherry blossom, and powerful sparkling aftertaste.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Award-Winning
Competition-Level Wuyi Oolong
Wuyishan’s Iconic Rou Gui, winning gold medals for the Li Family's unparalleled terroir and hand-firing craft. Notes of cinnamon, peach, cherry blossom, and powerful sparkling 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
    • Rou GuiTea Varietal

    Rou Gui is quickly becoming one of the most popular Wuyi Oolongs across China for its intense concentrated aroma, and the textural cooling tingling sensation called yun that it shows off at the highest levels. Li Xiangxi and her family’s Rou Gui has been winning gold and silver medals at competition for years due to their incredible skill at coaxing the best aroma from each leaf through slow subtle roasting. This year, they set aside enough of their award-winning harvest for us to share.

  • true
    100
    cinnamon, eucalyptus
    true
    80
    juicy peach
    true
    65
    cherry blossom
    true
    70
    caramel, toasted chestnut
    false
    60
    rose petal, jasmine
    true
    powerful sparkling yun

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - cinnamon, eucalyptus
    • fruit - juicy peach
    • floral - cherry blossom
    • savory - caramel, toasted chestnut
    • texture - powerful sparkling yun

the Li Family also recommends:

  1. Ten Yr. Aged Full Roast Shui Xian
    Ten Yr. Aged Full Roast Shui Xian
    Originally picked in 2007, this Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong has been carefully re-roasted and rested each year for a decade. The aging and careful roasting has brought out beautiful complexity in this tea, pairing Shui Xian's compelling texture with the mineral sweetness and mustiness of age. Sweet savory and salty elements keep the brew cozy and compelling, while sweet florals and intoxicating, evocative aroma make us nostalgic for the Li Family's biodiverse tea groves. This unique selection is not to be missed.
  2. 2022 Dark Roast Tie Luohan
    2022 Dark Roast Tie Luohan
    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 cedar and a light lingering sparkle that pushes towards yun.
  3. 2022 Dark Roast Big Red Robe
    2022 Dark Roast Big Red Robe
    This tea was hand-fired three times over three months for a much deeper, darker tea. The deep roast makes this tea even sweeter, while bringing out a unique sparkling / cooling sensation that you don’t normally see in Big Red Robe. The textural sensations of the roast accentuate and contrast with the warming flavor of the tea for a powerful dynamic. Each round of hand-firing takes over twelve hours, adding an immense amount of labor to finishing this reserve-level tea, but the natural biodiversity and mineral-driven terroir of the Li Family’s land make this worth the extra effort to finish so meticulously.
  • 'Lingering aromatics, sweet sensation on the sides of the mouth, mouth watering, and a vaporous persistent quality - this is what we call Yan Yun'

  • 4
    6
    208
    40 seconds
    30
    5
    6
    208
    15-20 seconds
    15
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 40 secondsresteep many times
    add 30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 15-20 seconds
    add 15 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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