In Longjuan, Anxi, tradition and market pressures don’t drive the Liu Family to focus exclusively on traditional techniques; instead, they explore unexpected styles, mixing techniques and taking inspiration from across China to build a demand for their craft.
floral - honey
vegetal - watercress, wintergreen
spice - licorice
fruit - mandarin orange
savory - buttered pasta
In contrast to the more “out there” offerings from the Liu family, this traditionally finished Tieguanyin gives a sense of the natural flavor of the Longjuan region and of the Liu Family's tea plants in particular. This traditional Tieguanyin is dripping with honey sweetness with a buttery flavor brought out through oxidation. In the aftertaste an intriguing cooling wintergreen note starts to develop several steepings in, hinting at the deep complexity of flavor that the Liu Family's unique plot of land brings to their tea.
'He Qingqing introduced us to Mrs. Liu when we set up our own offices with the He Family in a shared space. Mrs. Liu often walks across the way to help Qingqing and Weiwei pack up fresh shipments of tea, or keeps an eye on Niu Niu and her son while coming over to chat and sticker bags'
5 g.6-8 oz.use
205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times add 15-30 sec. each infusion
5 g.5 ozuse 205° watersteep 10 seconds add 5-6 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings