Mrs. Li has been picking tea since age five. One of the few growers of real Shi Feng Dragonwell, she is a respected village leader with a dream to share her craft with the world.
For Li Xiaoping’s first year ever processing black tea from her hand-picked Dragonwell leaves, she wanted to make sure to experiment fully, saving some of each harvest for the unique oxidation process that brings out the malty savory flavors of black tea. This 2nd picking is a unique, bud-heavy harvest that balances the rich, thick flavor forward experience of classic harvest Dragonwell with the light, sweet and aromatic lingering qualities of the 1st delicate harvest of the year. The result is a beautiful, refined tea that captures the unique mineral-forward flavor of the region.