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2022 Rou Gui Wuyi Oolong

2022 Rou Gui Wuyi Oolong

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Award-winning,
Famous Varietal Oolong
Rou Gui varietal is prized for the way it reflects the sense of place and finishing craft. The Li Family wins awards for their Rou Gui, with notes of cinnamon, blueberry, jasmine, and caramel with a cooling aftertaste.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Award-winning,
Famous Varietal Oolong
Rou Gui varietal is prized for the way it reflects the sense of place and finishing craft. The Li Family wins awards for their Rou Gui, with notes of cinnamon, blueberry, jasmine, and caramel with a cooling aftertaste.
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
    • Rou GuiTea Varietal

    The Li Family is becoming famous in Wuyishan for their Rou Gui. The combination of a biodiverse plot, full of wildflowers and natural forest cover, the volcanic rocky soil, mature root stock plants, and multiple twelve hour hand-firing processes spread over several months make their Rou Gui a true standout. Classically, Rou Gui is known for its cinnamon spice, but in the Li Family’s capable hands, the cinnamon spice is bolstered by tingling cooling undertones and deep minerality. This Rou Gui is Li Xiangxi’s focus in all her taste training courses at her family’s Yangxian Academy, served to students and visiting dignitaries as a classic representation of what the varietal is capable of.

  • true
    90
    cinnamon, allspice, candied ginger
    true
    90
    wild blueberry
    true
    70
    jasmine
    true
    70
    caramel flan
    true
    cooling, sparkling

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - cinnamon, allspice, candied ginger
    • fruit - wild blueberry
    • floral - jasmine
    • savory - caramel flan
    • texture - cooling, sparkling
  • '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.'


the Li Family recommends

  1. 2009 Aged Fo Shou Wuyi Oolong
    2009 Aged Fo Shou Wuyi Oolong

    In 2009 the LI Family decided to set aside a fraction of their reserve-level Fo Shou Wuyi Oolong, and instead of high-firing it to remove all moisture, they allowed it to ferment with natural moisture, essentially making their own shu pu'er. This tea was still finished with yaoqing technique, making it absolutely an oolong, but with all the depth of shu pu'er. Note, this is not similar to standard aged oolong because of the unique moisture conditions. It has aged deep, dark, and foresty- a totally new hybrid style we are excited to share!

  2. 2022 Dark Roast Shui Xian
    2022 Dark Roast Shui Xian

    Shui Xian is named after the Narcissus flower (or Daffodil), and the dark roast on this Shui Xian brings out beautiful florals in contrast with dark forest and wood notes. Mr. Li hand-fired this batch of Shui Xian to give its cooling texture even more sparkling, tingling intensity. Shui Xian varietal is known for its foresty woody flavors and deep lingering texture. The Li Family’s biodiverse forested tea gardens within the Wuyi Ecological Preserve help play up the varietals natural complexity.

  3. 2022 Shui Xian
    2022 Shui Xian
    Li Xiangxi's family has been hand picking and processing tea for generations. Their tea is fed from a mountain spring, with plants between ten and one hundred years old, all grown traditionally without fertilizers or pesticides and picked by hand by the family. This Shui Xian varietal picking really shines with the Li Family's delicate charcoal roasting process to bring out the deep complex forest notes and minerality that make Shui Xian so famous.
  • 5
    6-8
    205
    20 seconds
    5
    7
    6
    205
    6 seconds
    2
    4
    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

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

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy