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.
floral - honey, jasmine
fruit - pomegranate
spice - pine, juniper
vegetal - mint, basil
savory - toasted almond
DATE OF PICKINGMay 2020
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
Que SheTea Varietal
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 sensation is bolstered by a caramel base with sandalwood aromatics and notes of ripe plantain.
'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 g.6 oz.use 208° watersteep 40 secondsresteep many times add 30 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 15-20 seconds add 15 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings