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Produced By Li Xiangxi

Li Xiangxi's family works together in Tongmu applying their incredible skill at roasting to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching rural tea ceremony.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY FRUITY – peach, lychee
  • FLORAL – jasmine, honey
  • A LITTLE SPICY – minerality
  • A LITTLE SAVORY – almond
DATE OF PICKINGMay 2017
TongmuWuyi, Fujian
ELEVATION300 METERS
FEIZI XIAOTea Varietal

This intriguing varietal is sometimes literally translated as Concubine’s Smile (or laugh), but in reality, the tea gets its name from the Feizi Xiao (妃子笑) fruit, a type of lychee so loved by a royal consort that it always made her smile. The name couldn't be more accurate for this stunning varieties, which truly tastes like lychee and peaches. An already luscious varietal gains even more complexity and nuance in the Mr. Li’s capable hands, finished with traditional sun-oxidation and gently fired. The minerality of the Li Family’s volcanic soil comes through beautifully, along with an impressive jasmine and honey aromatic complexity.

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" Fei Zi Xiao refers to a juicy and aromatic varietal of lychee that this tea evokes. The Li family grows a very small grove of Fei Zi Xiao bushes on the hillside of a beautiful valley along the Longchuan Gorge that fills with mist to naturally shade the tea from morning sun. After hand-picking this tea they finish the fresh leaves at their dedicated black tea workshop attached to the ancestral family home in the Tongmu Reserve. Through environmental conservation, the Li Family cultivates fully organic tea, creating a habitat for native birds to keep the insect population under control. The biodiversity translates into sweeter and more complex tea.... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

4 g.6
oz.
use 208° watersteep 15 secondsresteep many times
add 10 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.5  oz.use 208° watersteep 5 seconds
add 3 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings

Iced/Cold

4 g.12
 oz.
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy