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2020 Rou Gui Wuyi Black Tea

2020 Rou Gui Wuyi Black Tea

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Sourced By the Li Xiangxi

Li Xiangxi's family works together in Wuyishan, applying their craft to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching Wuyishan tea ceremony.
  • true
    80
    passionfruit
    true
    50
    jasmine
    true
    75
    cinnamon, crisp minerality
    true
    60
    malted milk, pudding

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - passionfruit
    • floral - jasmine
    • spice - cinnamon, crisp minerality
    • savory - malted milk, pudding
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 2020
    • Wuyishan Ecological Preserve Fujian
    • ELEVATION600
    • Rou GuiTea Varietal

    Rou Gui is one of Wuyishan’s most famous and sought after varietals, and one of the Li Family’s most awarded teas. Rou Gui is known for so transparently showcasing the terroir, the unique microclimate, of specific subregions within the Wuyishan Ecological preserve. The Li Family took the audacious step this year of setting aside a portion of their widely-respected award-winning Rou Gui and trying an experimental new finish, allowing the tea to slowly sun-oxidize into a black tea instead of going through traditional oolong finishing. The result is a stunning but extremely-limited harvest of spice and mineral-driven Rou Gui black tea, bolstered by an intensely creamy backbone and a building oolong-like aftertaste. They’ve achieved the nuance and staying power of an oolong but with the honeyed allure of a black 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.'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    20 seconds
    5
    5
    6
    205
    6 seconds
    2
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 5 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 2 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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