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Tasting True Dragonwell with Mrs Li

Tasting True Dragonwell with Mrs Li

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PRE-ORDER new 2022 HARVEST

This year's fresh 2022 harvest is arriving now from Li Xiaoping in Dragonwell and available to reserve with a pre-order.

This tea will ship the week of April 25th. Orders containing this pre-order tea will be shipping right away now that all 2022 Dragonwell teas have arrived.

This bundle includes three 25g bags of Shi Feng Dragonwell tea for 75g total (15 sessions).

Li Xiaoping is an award-winning multi-generational farmer dedicated to sharing true Shi Feng Dragonwell. Her high-elevation Shi Feng plot is one of the most coveted micro-climates for tea in China due to the cool misty weather, the rocky quartz-laden soil, the sweet mountain spring water and the ecological protected park designation. Her and her husband Shui Huamin hand pick and hand wok-finish every leaf, producing incredibly small annual batches, picking only before Qingming festival and allowing the plants the rest of the year undisturbed to grow deeper roots.

This tasting kit explores Shi Feng Dragonwell craft with Shi Feng Dragonwell #43 and the reserve 1st Picking #43 harvest, along with the new malty Dragonwell black tea, traditionally sun-oxidized to show a different side to the region.

This bundle includes three 25g bags of Shi Feng Dragonwell tea for 75g total (15 sessions).

Li Xiaoping is an award-winning multi-generational farmer dedicated to sharing true Shi Feng Dragonwell. Her high-elevation Shi Feng plot is one of the most coveted micro-climates for tea in China due to the cool misty weather, the rocky quartz-laden soil, the sweet mountain spring water and the ecological protected park designation. Her and her husband Shui Huamin hand pick and hand wok-finish every leaf, producing incredibly small annual batches, picking only before Qingming festival and allowing the plants the rest of the year undisturbed to grow deeper roots.

This tasting kit explores Shi Feng Dragonwell terroir with Shi Feng Dragonwell and #43 along with the new malty Dragonwell black tea, traditionally sun-oxidized to show a different side to the region.

This bundle includes three 25g bags and ten 5g bags of Shi Feng Dragonwell tea for 125g total (25 sessions).

Li Xiaoping is an award-winning multi-generational farmer dedicated to sharing true Shi Feng Dragonwell. Her high-elevation Shi Feng plot is one of the most coveted micro-climates for tea in China due to the cool misty weather, the rocky quartz-laden soil, the sweet mountain spring water and the ecological protected park designation. Her and her husband Shui Huamin hand pick and hand wok-finish every leaf, producing incredibly small annual batches, picking only before Qingming festival and allowing the plants the rest of the year undisturbed to grow deeper roots.

This tasting kit explores Shi Feng Dragonwell terroir with Shi Feng Dragonwell and #43 along with the new malty Dragonwell black tea, traditionally sun-oxidized to show a different side to the region. As limited exclusive, this kit also includes two special 2nd Picking 2022 spring harvests of Shi Feng Dragonwell and Longjing #43 (while supplies last).

This bundle includes five 25g bags of Shi Feng Dragonwell tea for 125g total (25 sessions).

Li Xiaoping is an award-winning multi-generational farmer dedicated to sharing true Shi Feng Dragonwell. Her high-elevation Shi Feng plot is one of the most coveted micro-climates for tea in China due to the cool misty weather, the rocky quartz-laden soil, the sweet mountain spring water and the ecological protected park designation. Her and her husband Shui Huamin hand pick and hand wok-finish every leaf, producing incredibly small annual batches, picking only before Qingming festival and allowing the plants the rest of the year undisturbed to grow deeper roots.

This tasting kit explores Shi Feng Dragonwell terroir, with the beloved classic Dragonwell Green, finished to bring out deep minerality, the bright and aromatic #43 varietal, the reserve 1st picking harvest, and the complex, herbaceous semi-wild green, and new malty Dragonwell Black tea. 

This bundle includes four 25g bags of Shi Feng Dragonwell tea for 100g total (20 sessions).

Li Xiaoping is an award-winning multi-generational farmer dedicated to sharing true Shi Feng Dragonwell. Her high-elevation Shi Feng plot is one of the most coveted micro-climates for tea in China due to the cool misty weather, the rocky quartz-laden soil, the sweet mountain spring water and the ecological protected park designation. Her and her husband Shui Huamin hand pick and hand wok-finish every leaf, producing incredibly small annual batches, picking only before Qingming festival and allowing the plants the rest of the year undisturbed to grow deeper roots.

This tasting kit explores Shi Feng Dragonwell terroir, with the beloved classic Dragonwell Green, finished to bring out deep minerality, the bright and aromatic #43 varietal, an exclusive 1st picking harvest, and the new malty Dragonwell black tea. 

This bundle includes four 25g bags of Shi Feng Dragonwell tea for 100g total (20 sessions).

Li Xiaoping is an award-winning multi-generational farmer dedicated to sharing true Shi Feng Dragonwell. Her high-elevation Shi Feng plot is one of the most coveted micro-climates for tea in China due to the cool misty weather, the rocky quartz-laden soil, the sweet mountain spring water and the ecological protected park designation. Her and her husband Shui Huamin hand pick and hand wok-finish every leaf, producing incredibly small annual batches, picking only before Qingming festival and allowing the plants the rest of the year undisturbed to grow deeper roots.

This tasting kit explores Shi Feng Dragonwell terroir with Shi Feng Dragonwell and #43, the complex, herbaceous semi-wild green, along with the new malty Dragonwell black tea, traditionally sun-oxidized to show a different side to the region.

Explore Dragonwell with Li Xiaoping's teas: 

2024 Shi Feng Dragonwell (25g)

Li Xiaoping grows this true Dragonwell cultivar on a perfectly-shaded mountainside in the tiny and sought-after Shi Feng microclimate- a uniquely situated spot with sweet mountain springs, quartz-heavy rocky soil, and mist. Li Xiaoping is a celebrated community leader for her advocacy in sustainable farming and working to protect the Shi Feng region, and her tea is recognized across the world as one of the few true Dragonwell expressions out there, capturing deep minerality, persistent sweetness, and complex aromatics.

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2024 Shi Feng Longjing #43 (25g)

Dragonwell varietal #43 has been carefully bred and selected in the last fifty years as a new tea well suited to Shi Feng’s terroir. It buds earlier and in colder weather than classic Longjing Qunti varietal and yields yellower plumper buds that make for gorgeous steeping in glassware. While classic Dragonwell is all about rocky mineral texture, the new #43 is a crisp, bright focused experience centered around stronger flavor and aroma and more pronounced sweetness. Mrs. Li’s #43 varietal is true Shi Feng Dragonwell, growing on one of the highest slopes of the tiny microclimate that Emperor Qianlong declared as one of the best in the world for tea. The soil is full of quartz and white sand while the water comes from natural mountain springs, yielding a flavor that simply can’t be matched outside of Shi Feng itself.

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2023 Shifeng Dragonwell Black (25g)

For the fifth year in a row, Li Xiaoping is sharing her new Dragonwell Black Tea! She uses the same delicate early buds as her famous green tea, hand-picked from the slopes of Shi Feng, raised on sweet mountain spring water and covered in high elevation mist to protect against sunlight. After light twisting and rolling, this sweet, rich and distinctly mineral-laden tea is then set out in bamboo baskets and loosely covered for ten to fifteen hours and allowed to oxidize in the afternoon heat. This oxidation process brings out savory malty flavors in Li Xiaoping’s Dragonwell that show the unique texture of the region in a completely different light.

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2024 Shifeng Semi-Wild High Peak Dragonwell (25g)

This limited offering from Li Xiaoping can only be picked in years where the weather is cool and temperate and the rain is very light. At the very top of the peak of Shi Feng, there is a grove of trees that have been allowed to grow undisturbed to preserve a natural habitat for birds and increase biodiversity. Among the trees, the Li family has tea plants that have not been cut back and trimmed every year like the lower slope plants. Because these semi-wild Dragonwell bushes are not tended, they require perfect weather to yield the right flavor. Li Xiaoping was able to pick these bushes again this year and offered us the majority of her tiny yield in the interest of cultural exchange and sharing a unique side of Shi Feng’s terroir not often seen. The flavor is rich, bold and complex, sharing the lingering sweetness an aromatic subtlety of early harvest Dragonwell with the big flavor of later harvests. The tea benefits from Shi Feng’s unique quartz-heavy white sand soil and mountain spring water, as well as the cool protected microclimate that the mountains form.

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1st Picking Shi Feng Longjing #43 (25g)

#43 Varietal Dragonwell was specifically bred and selected to bud even earlier than classic Dragonwell in Shi Feng and yields yellower plumper buds that make for gorgeous steeping in glassware. While classic Dragonwell is all about rocky mineral texture, the new #43 is a crisp, bright focused experience centered around stronger flavor and aroma and more pronounced sweetness. Mrs. Li's first picking of the year is full of all the nutrients and sugars stored by the plant all winter long and offers a more complex, sweet and subtle taste experience. It has a longer aftertaste and thicker texture than later harvests. The soil is full of quartz and white sand while the water comes from natural mountain springs, yielding a flavor that simply can’t be matched outside of Shi Feng itself.

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Osmanthus Scented Dragonwell (25g)

In a world premiere, award-winning Li Xiaoping sets aside her beautifully-crisp textural masterpiece that is Shi Feng Dragonwell and scents it with fresh osmanthus blossoms. Her incredible plot sits on a quartz-laden rocky hillside in the tiny Shi Feng microclimate, where sweet mountain spring water, designated national treasure protection from development, and misty mornings yield sweet clean nuanced green tea that sets the standard for all green tea in China. With such famous and in demand tea, it is remarkable that Li Xiaoping is still incentivized to do such bold experiments like this osmanthus scenting, but we're so happy she did! The results are spectacular and perfectly balanced. The osmanthus notes are light, accentuating the natural sweet juicy qualities of the Dragonwell.

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2nd Picking Shi Feng Dragonwell (1 x 25g)

This club-premiere was picked in too small a quantity to share beyond this tasting kit. We love the 2nd pickings of the year in Dragonwell because they are exposed to just a touch more sun than the first picking to yield a greener thicker flavor but still retain the intense sweetness and minerality that comes with the colder weather and slower growing season before Qingming festival.

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2nd Picking Shi Feng Longjing #43 (5 x 5g)

While the classic #43 is a focused flavor experience with bright texture, the earlier 2nd picking yields an even sweeter aftertaste and thicker texture. The earlier a picking, the lighter the flavor and the sweeter the tea in Dragonwell. This 2nd picking was a club premiere, as the short picking window does not allow for enough to harvest for us to share beyond the club and this special tasting kit. We love the 2nd harvests as an interesting balance between the 1st picking’s texture and the classic harvests flavor.

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"The 18 famous tea trees praised by Emperor Qianlong
are here in my home, in Shi Feng.

People think those trees must have the best microclimate, but my tea plants
are on the slope above these famous trees. The higher elevation, the mist
and the mountain spring water make them
even better than Qianlong’s bushes.

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