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2021 Sparrow's Tongue Wuyi Oolong

2021 Sparrow's Tongue Wuyi Oolong

Crafted By the Li Family

This Li Family Reserve offering is hand-picked and meticulously hand-fired for deep complexity. Family proceeds go to teaching Wuyi Tea Ceremony in the community.
  • true
    80
    elderberry, dried mango
    true
    65
    fennel, mint, nutmeg
    true
    40
    candied rose petals
    true
    50
    toasted chestnut
    false
    50
    toasted almond
    true
    thick, limestone, cooling

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - elderberry, dried mango
    • spice - fennel, mint, nutmeg
    • floral - candied rose petals
    • savory - toasted chestnut
    • texture - thick, limestone, cooling
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 METERS
    • Que SheTea Varietal

    Fruity, rich, and cooling - the new 2021 harvest is here!

    Sparrow's Tongue, or Que She is named after the shorter, smaller leaves of this distinctive and uncommon Wuyi tea varietal. Sipping Que She is a strong example of "Yun": each infusion brings out more and more of an almost electrical tingling sensation on the tongue and back of the throat. This sensation is inherent to the highest quality leaf from older established tea stock growing in the right rocky conditions in Wuyishan, but it is brought out by slow low-temperature firing in bamboo baskets for fifteen hours at a time, resting several weeks and repeating four to six times. This year's Sparrow's Tongue Oolong has notes of dried mango, rose, chestnut and nutmeg. 


  • 'Wuyi is legendary. Any great Chinese art collection will be full of inkbrush paintings of the misty mountain peaks that make up Wuyi. Visiting Wuyi evokes the feeling of finally meeting someone that you have read about for years. The rocks of Wuyi aren’t just famous for the inspiration they gave to great Song dynasty painters. The true legends involve magic, and of course, Wuyi tea.'

  • 4
    6
    208
    40 seconds
    30
    5
    6
    208
    15-20 seconds
    15
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 40 secondsresteep many times
    add 30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 15-20 seconds
    add 15 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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