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.
cinnamon, crisp minerality
malted milk, pudding
floral - jasmine
spice - cinnamon, crisp minerality
savory - malted milk, pudding
fruit - passionfruit
DATE OF PICKINGApril 2020
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
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 g.6-8 oz.use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times add 5 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 6 seconds add 2 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings