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2023 Special Grade Shui Jin Gui

2023 Special Grade Shui Jin Gui

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One of the Li Family’s
Very Finest Teas
A stunningly rare special grade designation Shui Jin Gui- powerful, hauntingly beautiful notes of aloeswood, deep forest, melon, tropical orchid and sparkling cooling yun sensation.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
One of the Li Family’s
Very Finest Teas
A stunningly rare special grade designation Shui Jin Gui- powerful, hauntingly beautiful notes of aloeswood, deep forest, melon, tropical orchid and sparkling cooling yun sensation.
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 2023
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600
    • Shui Jin GuiTea Varietal

    To produce a Special Grade offering requires perfect weather, perfectly situated old-growth tea stock, shaded by mist through the spring, expert hand-picking and critically, an exhaustive production process of small batch hand yaoqing and five to six rounds of hand-firing. The Li Family is only able to produce a few kilos of this special tea every year. Li Xiangxi sets aside a small allotment for us because she loves Shui Jin Gui varieties so much that she wants to share what she thinks is one of the truest expressions of Wuyishan with interested tea lovers outside of China. Tasting notes can’t capture the critical tingling cooling sparkling sensation that is yun and the way that it lingers in the back of the throat, building with each sip and letting each steeping build on the potency of the one before.

  • true
    100
    honeydew melon
    true
    100
    jasmine, candied osmanthus
    true
    100
    redwood, cardamom
    true
    50
    turbinado sugar, chestnut
    false
    true
    perfumed, intense aftertaste

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - honeydew melon
    • floral - jasmine, candied osmanthus
    • spice - redwood, cardamom
    • savory - turbinado sugar, chestnut
    • texture - perfumed, intense aftertaste

  • 'Indeed, the most prized tea in Wuyi are the wild tea bushes that grow right out of a split in the rock. The flavor of tea growing from the rock and tea growing from the soil is vastly different. While all of Li Xiangxi’s teas have a sweet and nuanced mineral flavor that evokes the peaks she tends to, her wild picked old tree tea has a deep and haunting mineral flavor that proclaims the legendary origins of the tea.'


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    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    6 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 18 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    7 g.5 ozuse 208° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 3 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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