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2021 Old Tree Shui Xian

2021 Old Tree Shui Xian


Crafted by the Li Family

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.
  • true
    pine resin, frankincense
    daffodil, orange blossom honey
    neroli, bergamot
    torched merengue
    powerful sparkling rock juice

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - pine resin, frankincense
    • floral - daffodil, orange blossom honey
    • fruit - neroli, bergamot
    • savory - torched merengue
    • texture - powerful sparkling rock juice
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • Shui XIanTea Varietal

    Mossy, foresty "rock juice" - the new 2021 harvest is here!

    The Li family’s position as community leaders and environmental stewards gives them the special privilege to pick from an old wild grove of Shui Xian trees, many over 100 years old that have been left untended for generations. This handful of special trees yield tea with a stunning complexity ad commending textural sensation. The deep roots pick up huge volcanic minerality, while the mossy wild environment encourages the tea to put out tons of polyphenols, meaning bigger complexity. Of course, for a tea this rare, Mr. Li personally hand-picks, oversees hand finishing in the yaoqing process and mandates at least five fifteen hour hand firing sessions over several months before allowing this tea to leave the workshop. This tea is a special opportunity to taste one of the most yun forward and complex Wuyi Oolongs out there, a work of passion for the Li siblings. Tasting notes don’t do justice as so much of this tea is in the texture and tingling almost numbing sensations that build up over multiple steepings.

The Li Family also recommends:

  1. 2021 Rock Milk Wuyi Oolong
    2021 Rock Milk Wuyi Oolong

    Rock Milk or Shi Ru is an uncommon 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 an excellent chance to taste the terroir of the region.

  2. 2021 Full Roast Shui Xian Mini-Cake
    2021 Full Roast Shui Xian Mini-Cake

    The Li Family is excited to offer their first ever 90g cake pressing of this special tea! The Li Family's traditional hand-firing process brings out this Shui Xian oolong's naturally cooling, tingling textural sensations, foresty flavors, and lingering sweetness. This special pressing is the Li Family's very first Shui Xian cake, finished for long term aging to keep building deep complexity over time. Shui Xian is named after the Narcissus flower, but has the deeper meaning of “Water Sprite.” The cliffs above the Longchuan river are full of caves and ghost stories, so it is not hard to imagine this tea getting its name from an old Taoist legend. The Li Family’s biodiverse forested tea gardens within the Wuyi Ecological Preserve help play up the varietals natural complexity.

    Regular Price $65.00 Special Price $58.50
  3. 2009 Full Roast Tie Luohan Mini Cake
    2009 Full Roast Tie Luohan Mini Cake

    The Li Family is excited to offer their first ever 90g cake pressing of this special aged tea! This aged Tie Luohan (or Iron Arhat) is one of the four famous varietals that define Wuyi oolong teas. Originally roasted and finished over several months in 2009, the Li Family has carefully re-roasted and rested this tea each year over the past eight years. Each meticulous hand-firing process takes over sixteen hours, and in total this tea has been fired fourteen times for deep intense texture and powerful aftertaste. Full of fudgey, salty sweetness, this powerfully flavorful tea steeps out in a long flavor arc over many brews into beautiful mineral sweetness with soothing throat-coating texture and a hint of clean mustiness.

    Regular Price $120.00 Special Price $108.00
  • 'In his own words, Li Xiangxi’s brother walks you through the Li family‘s Old Tree Shui Xian groves and explains how allowing the tea trees grow naturally and encouraging biodiversity creates this tea’s special, characteristic flavor profile.'

  • 5
    15 seconds
    6 seconds
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions


    5 g.6-8
    use 208° watersteep 15 secondsresteep many times
    add 5 sec. each infusion


    7 g.5 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 2 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings


    4 g.12
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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