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2021 Rou Gui Wuyi Black Tea

2021 Rou Gui Wuyi Black Tea

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Crafted By the Li Family

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
    90
    cinnamon, ginger, rosewood
    true
    60
    peony
    true
    60
    rye, toasted rice
    true
    40
    papaya
    true
    minerality, lingering aftertaste

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - cinnamon, ginger, rosewood
    • floral - peony
    • savory - rye, toasted rice
    • fruit - papaya
    • texture - minerality, lingering aftertaste
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, 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. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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