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2020 Sparrow's Tongue Wuyi Oolong

2020 Sparrow's Tongue Wuyi Oolong

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK
This tea is pre-packed into single-serving 5g packets for all sizes under 100g

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
    45
    honey, jasmine
    true
    60
    pomegranate
    true
    90
    pine, juniper
    true
    50
    mint, basil
    true
    50
    toasted almond

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - honey, jasmine
    • fruit - pomegranate
    • spice - pine, juniper
    • vegetal - mint, basil
    • savory - toasted almond
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2020
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 METERS
    • 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
    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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