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2021 Qilan

2021 Qilan

Crafted by the Li Family

The Li Family hand picks high-elevation spring-fed tea from their misty plot in the Wuyi Ecological Preserve. Their biodiverse plantings, and careful hand-finishing win them awards year after year.
  • true
    100
    orchid, gardenia, rosewood
    true
    60
    mandarin orange
    true
    75
    sandalwood, cardamom
    true
    60
    brown sugar
    true
    40
    steamed bamboo shoot
    true
    sparkling, lingering aromatics, aftertaste

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - orchid, gardenia, rosewood
    • fruit - mandarin orange
    • spice - sandalwood, cardamom
    • savory - brown sugar
    • vegetal - steamed bamboo shoot
    • texture - sparkling, lingering aromatics, aftertaste
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600
    • Qi LanTea Varietal

    Juicy and textural with lingering florals - the new 2021 harvest is here!

    Qilan varieties is almost legendary for its deep luscious orchid notes and its subtle incense spice. The Li Family cultivates established 40+ year Qilan bushes on their rocky volcanic mountainside plot in the Wuyishan Ecological Preserve, letting the tea build complexity through biodiverse plantings, and carefully preserved natural forest cover. They hand-pick their Qilan and expertly bring out the florals through hand-crafting over a meticulous 12 hour turning and fluffing process called yaoqing. The careful and restrained roast on this Qilan really allows the florals to shine through, bolstered by the rocky minerality that the Li Family’s teas are famous for.


  • 'As the Qilan opens up, it becomes buoyant and powerful like a fine dry sherry with contrasting buckwheat undertones and jasmine high notes. The aftertaste is that of cinnamon and rosewood, accentuated by the big structured minerality that we have come to love in all of Ms. Li’s offerings.'

  • 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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