This extremely limited 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.
yun, camphor, minerality
spice - aloeswood
spice - yun, camphor, minerality
vegetal - roasted artichoke
floral - lotus, rosewood
fruit - chinotto citrus
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
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.
'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.'
6 g.6 oz.use 208° watersteep 18 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
7 g.5 ozuse 208° watersteep 5 seconds add 3 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings