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.
spice - granite, graphite
floral - tiger lily
spice - pine, redwood
vegetal - mint, fennel
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
Shi RuTea Varietal
Rock Milk or Shi Ru is an extremely rare varietal that the Li Family cultivates on their mist-shaded, mountain spring-fed biodiverse plot within the Wuyi Ecological Preserve. The naturally rocky elements of this tea come through even stronger as they take in the deep minerality of the volcanic rocky soil. As a rare offering, Mr. Li takes the time to bring out the rich mouthwatering lingering yun sensation of this tea through the hand firing at low heat for hours needed to bring out the very best. This varietal is truly a chance to taste the terroir of the region.
'The Wuyishan Ecological Preserve was shaped by ancient volcanoes, giving it a mix of extremely rocky and sandy soil. This soil contributes to the flavor of the region’s tea though regulating water drainage and encouraging deeper roots, as well as through its mineral-rich mix of nutrients the tea absorbs as it grows.'
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