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2022 Old Tree Wuyi Gongfu Black

2022 Old Tree Wuyi Gongfu Black

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Wild Arbor Black Tea
+ Old-School Craft
Picked from 100+ year old tea trees growing without intervention for a wild, deep, complex tea that picks up mineral and herbaceous intensity from its environment. Notes of chrysanthemum, maple and juniper.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Wild Arbor Black Tea
+ Old-School Craft
Picked from 100+ year old tea trees growing without intervention for a wild, deep, complex tea that picks up mineral and herbaceous intensity from its environment. Notes of chrysanthemum, maple and juniper.
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
    • XINGCUN XIAOZHONGTea Varietal

    The unique flavors of Old Tree Wuyi Gongfu Black comes in part from mosses and competing vegetation that grow naturally on and around the old and untended wild bushes in Tongmu. That mossy, woody complexity is something younger cultivated bushes can’t quite capture. This tea is wild-picked from tea growing untended in Longchuan Gorge above the Li Family's workshop, including bushes around 80-100 years old. This tea allows us to study terroir and better understand what makes Wuyi so special.

  • true
    100
    cedar, gingersnaps
    true
    65
    maple
    true
    70
    yuzu rind, juniper
    true
    45
    chrysanthemum
    true
    cooling, tingling

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - cedar, gingersnaps
    • savory - maple
    • fruit - yuzu rind, juniper
    • floral - chrysanthemum
    • texture - cooling, tingling

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  2. 2022 Jin Jun Mei
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  • 'Brewing up Old Tree Wuyi Gongu Black, we get tons of piney, woody smokey aroma, an astoundingly powerful aroma considering that this tea is not smoked. By the first infusion, much of the smoke has dissipated leaving that mossy, woody edge that defines this tea.'

  • 4
    6
    208
    15 seconds
    10
    5
    5
    195
    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

    5 g.5 ozuse 195° 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