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Iconically aromatic Wuyi Oolong
Shui Xian varietal is named after the narcissus flower, and indeed, it is one of the most aromatic oolongs in Wuyishan. The Li Family's old growth Shui Xian bushes yield elegant tea with notes of brown sugardaffodil, lychee, and cardamom
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Iconically aromatic Wuyi Oolong
Shui Xian varietal is named after the narcissus flower, and indeed, it is one of the most aromatic oolongs in Wuyishan. The Li Family's old growth Shui Xian bushes yield elegant tea with notes of brown sugardaffodil, lychee, and cardamom
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 METERS
    • Shui XianTea Varietal

    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.

  • true
    50
    brown sugar
    true
    80
    daffodil, rosewood
    true
    75
    tangerine, lychee
    true
    75
    cardamom, fresh ginger
    true
    juicy, cooling

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - brown sugar
    • floral - daffodil, rosewood
    • fruit - tangerine, lychee
    • spice - cardamom, fresh ginger
    • texture - juicy, cooling

the Li Family also recommends:

  1. Ten Yr. Aged Full Roast Shui Xian
    Ten Yr. Aged Full Roast Shui Xian
    Originally picked in 2007, this Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong has been carefully re-roasted and rested each year for a decade. The aging and careful roasting has brought out beautiful complexity in this tea, pairing Shui Xian's compelling texture with the mineral sweetness and mustiness of age. Sweet savory and salty elements keep the brew cozy and compelling, while sweet florals and intoxicating, evocative aroma make us nostalgic for the Li Family's biodiverse tea groves. This unique selection is not to be missed.
  2. 2021 Old Tree Shui Xian
    2021 Old Tree Shui Xian
    The Li family’s position as community leaders and environmental stewards gives them the special privilege to pick from an old wild grove of Shui Xian trees, many over 100 years old that have been left untended for generations. This handful of special trees yield tea with a stunning complexity ad commending textural sensation. The deep roots pick up huge volcanic minerality, while the mossy wild environment encourages the tea to put out tons of polyphenols, meaning bigger complexity. Of course, for a tea this rare, Mr. Li personally hand-picks, oversees hand finishing in the yaoqing process and mandates at least five fifteen hour hand firing sessions over several months before allowing this tea to leave the workshop. This tea is a special opportunity to taste one of the most yun forward and complex Wuyi Oolongs out there, a work of passion for the Li siblings. Tasting notes don’t do justice as so much of this tea is in the texture and tingling almost numbing sensations that build up over multiple steepings.
  3. 2021 Full Roast Shui Xian
    2021 Full Roast Shui Xian
    Shui Xian is named after the Narcissus flower, but has the deeper meaning of “Water Sprite.” The cliffs above the Longchuan river are full of caves and ghost stories, so it is not hard to imagine this tea getting its name from an old Taoist legend. 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.
  • 'Come, look at this plant. It grows out of the cliffs, reaching for the purest mist, hidden from view. Pick some. Take it with you, and return to the cliffs whenever you need more. It is more valuable than your farm, for it will remind you of this place.” The wild-man disappeared, leaving the farmer alone with the tea plants jutting out of the rocky mountain face.'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    15 seconds
    5
    7
    6
    205
    4 seconds
    2
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 15 secondsresteep many times
    add 5 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 4 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

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