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Produced By Li Xiangxi

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.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY SPICY – sandalwood, cedar, granite, textural yun
  • VERY SAVORY – aged wild honey
  • A LITTLE VEGETAL – fennel pollen
  • A LITTLE FRUITY – sweet plantain
  • FLORAL – geranium and lotus
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DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2019
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyi, Fujian
ELEVATION600 METERS
Shui XIanTea Varietal

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.

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" 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.... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

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

Gongfu

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

Iced/Cold

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

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