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2024 Shifeng Semi-Wild Dragonwell

2024 Shifeng Semi-Wild Dragonwell

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Rare Wild-Arbor Dragonwell
Picked from wild old-growth bushes nestled between trees and bamboo on Shi Feng Peak, overlooking Emperor Qianlong's historic inscription praising this incredible microclimate. Notes of pine forest, aloeswood, shortbread, vanilla and apricot.
Picked from wild old-growth bushes nestled between trees and bamboo on Shi Feng Peak, overlooking Emperor Qianlong's historic inscription praising this incredible microclimate. Arriving now + shipping ASAP!
arriving now! ♦ Shi Feng, Longjing
Ming Qian 2024 ♦ Shi Feng, Longjing
Rare Wild-Arbor Dragonwell
Picked from wild old-growth bushes nestled between trees and bamboo on Shi Feng Peak, overlooking Emperor Qianlong's historic inscription praising this incredible microclimate. Notes of pine forest, aloeswood, shortbread, vanilla and apricot.
Picked from wild old-growth bushes nestled between trees and bamboo on Shi Feng Peak, overlooking Emperor Qianlong's historic inscription praising this incredible microclimate. Arriving now + shipping ASAP!
arriving now! ♦ Shi Feng, Longjing
Ming Qian 2024 ♦ Shi Feng, Longjing
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Crafted By Mrs. Li

Li Xiaoping is an award-winning, respected community leader growing true Dragonwell in the tiny coveted Shi Feng (Lion’s Peak) micro-region with over fifty years experience.
 
Her tea is fed by volcanic mountain springs, shaded by bamboo and evergreens, and grown using organic techniques, hand-picked and hand finished on a wok.
 
    • DATE OF PICKINGPre-QingMing 2024
    • Longjing VillageZhejiang Province
    • ELEVATION300 meters
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    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.

  • true
    80
    butter shortbread
    true
    70
    nutmeg, aloeswood
    true
    70
    pine, forest
    true
    65
    apricot
    true
    50
    vanilla
    true
    cooling, powerful

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - butter shortbread
    • spice - nutmeg, aloeswood
    • vegetal - pine, forest
    • fruit - apricot
    • floral - vanilla
    • texture - cooling, powerful

Li Xiaoping also recommends:

  • 'This year, the weather conditions aligned just right for Mrs. Li to pick a semi-wild grove of Dragonwell that is not trimmed back each year. This tea grows alongside native trees and relies on nesting birds as natural pest control. The flavor of this uncultivated Dragonwell is a great primer into the natural terroir of Shi Feng’s perfect confluence of conditions.'

  • 4
    6-8
    175
    30 seconds
    15
    4
    6
    175
    8 seconds
    5
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 175° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    4 g.6 ozuse 175° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 5 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

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

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