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2018 Reserve Fo Shou

2018 Reserve Fo Shou

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK

Sourced By the Li Xiangxi

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.
  • true
    100
    smoldering incense, sparkling yun, minerality
    true
    75
    poached pear
    true
    40
    pine sap
    true
    35
    orchid
    true
    35
    honey rye bread, toasted rice

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - smoldering incense, sparkling yun, minerality
    • fruit - poached pear
    • vegetal - pine sap
    • floral - orchid
    • savory - honey rye bread, toasted rice
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2018
    • Wuyishan Ecological Preserve Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 METERS
    • Fo ShouTea Varietal

    Fo Shou, or "Buddha's Hand," varietal has uniquely large, long beautiful leaves. This reserve harvest is a selection of fine early spring leaves cultivated in the Li Family tea garden along the Longchuan gorge within the Wuyi Ecological Preserve. Each leaf is carefully hand-picked and finished in bamboo baskets over wood embers. Fo Shou varietal is particularly juicy and full of temple-like incense aromatics. The reserve harvest shows off the best of the varietal while pairing the Fo Shou profile with the cooling tingling ‘yun’ sensation that only the finest teas evoke. The Reserve designation comes from the extra 48+ hours of extra hand labor (compared to classic Fo Shou) required in the slower yaoqing process and the deeper but slower hand-firing required to bring out such yun qualities in the finest Fo Shou harvest of the year.


  • '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.'

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    6
    208
    40 seconds
    30
    5
    6
    208
    15-20 seconds
    15
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 40 secondsresteep many times
    add 30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 15-20 seconds
    add 15 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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