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2022 Mei Zhan Wuyi Oolong

2022 Mei Zhan Wuyi Oolong

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Bright and Fruity Wuyi Oolong
Famously juicy and fruity. The Li Family’s hand-firing brings out notes of chocolate covered cherry, allspice and vanilla with a rich lingering texture.
Sprig 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Bright and Fruity Wuyi Oolong
Famously juicy and fruity. The Li Family’s hand-firing brings out notes of chocolate covered cherry, allspice and vanilla with a rich lingering texture.
Sprig 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
    • Mei ZhanTea Varietal

    Mei Zhan varietal's uniquely long leaves yield a big bold flavor and an aroma that fills a room. Mei zhan is typically full of big fruity flavor and a strong savory foundation. The Li family heightens the fruity aromatics with their expert roasting and finishing for evocative dark stone fruit and citrus. The biodiversity and rocky soil of the Li Family’s plot within the Wuyi Ecological Preserve.

  • true
    90
    malted milk
    true
    100
    chocolate-covered cherry
    true
    90
    allspice
    true
    65
    vanilla
    true
    rich, thick, lingering

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - malted milk
    • fruit - chocolate-covered cherry
    • spice - allspice
    • floral - vanilla
    • texture - rich, thick, lingering

the Li Family also recommends:

  1. 2022 Mei Zhan Jin Black Tea
    2022 Mei Zhan Jin Black Tea

    Mei Zhan varietal is famous for its rich and focused fruit-forward oolong made from long skinny spring leaves. Recently, Mr. Li has been experimenting with a stand of his family’s iconic Mei Zhan in early spring when the plant puts out huge buds that are too delicate to withstand oolong processing. He personally leads the hand-picking of the Li Family Mei Zhan buds and brings them to the family home and workshop in Tongmu for Jin Jun Mei meticulous black tea hand-finishing. The slow oxidation in bamboo baskets brings out big savory notes and sweet rich honey and cream.

  2. 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.
  3. 2022 Dark Roast Ban Tian Yao
    2022 Dark Roast Ban Tian Yao
    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; not only is this the most nuanced harvest we have tasted, but the fig cake richness is actually tempered by a piney cooling yun sensation, rounding this out as a powerful and commanding tea.
  • 'The Wuyishan Ecological Preserve was shaped by ancient volcanoes, giving it a mix of extremely rocky and sandy soil. This soil contributes to the flavor of the region’s tea though regulating water drainage and encouraging deeper roots, as well as through its mineral-rich mix of nutrients the tea absorbs as it grows.'

  • 4
    6
    208
    15 seconds
    10
    7
    6
    208
    5 seconds
    3
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 15 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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