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.
This tea is picked from trees between sixty and over a hundred years old. These trees are left mostly untended except for annual careful hand harvesting by the Li Family, allowing the trees to adapt to their mossy environment. This means more polyphenols in the leaf and more flavor in the tea. Because of the age of the plant, the roots go deeper into the soil, drawing nutrients from untouched land and water that has filtered further through the rocky soil and picked up more Wuyi minerality.
In 2012, the Li Family's Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong was recognized with a Gold Medal
David Duckler, next to one of the Li Family's 100 year old Shui Xian trees
a Shui Xian flower
The moss growing high in the Shui Xian trees is part of what gives the tea it's unique flavor
Sumac and other native plants, mosses and flowers grow right alongside the Shui Xian tea trees
Moss and grasses carpet the ground beneath the tea trees