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.
rosewood, granite, pine
walnut, flaky pasty
wild summer berry vines
taut minerality, potent tingling yun
spice - rosewood, granite, pine
savory - walnut, flaky pasty
fruit - wild summer berry vines
floral - jasmine
texture - taut minerality, potent tingling yun
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
Qi DanTea Varietal
This tea was hand-fired three times over three months for a much deeper, darker tea. The deep roast makes this tea even sweeter, while bringing out a unique sparkling / cooling sensation that you don’t normally see in Big Red Robe. The textural sensations of the roast accentuate and contrast with the warming flavor of the tea for a powerful dynamic. Each round of hand-firing takes over twelve hours, adding an immense amount of labor to finishing this reserve-level tea, but the natural biodiversity and mineral-driven terroir of the Li Family’s land make this worth the extra effort to finish so meticulously.
Over the years, Li Xiangxi and her family have spent time exploring the deep rich complexity that aging can bring to their oolongs. For the first time[...]
'The emperor sent the symbolic red robes of nobility to the farmer who saved his wife, granting him land and status. In gratitude, the farmer named the tea Big Red Robe, and continued to climb the cliff each year to pick tea for the empress to remind her of their shared home in the Wuyi Mountains.'
5 g.6-8 oz.use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
7 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 5 seconds add 3 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings