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Produced By 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.

Tasting Profile

  • SAVORY – caramel flan
  • FLORAL – lotus
  • VERY FRUITY – red licorice, pineapple, kiwi
  • VERY SPICY – tingling minerality
  • VEGETAL – bamboo shoot
Mr. Li, Li Xiangxi's brother, in the hills above his family's oolong workshop
DATE OF PICKINGMay 2019
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyi, Fujian
ELEVATION600 METERS
Qi LanTea Varietal

This reserve-level Qilan is given an even longer more delicate hand-turning yaoqing craft, and several rounds of labor-intensive hand-firing to bring out the most intense and complex aromatics and texture from this striking varietal. The result is a tingling cooling yun-forward oolong. Qilan varieties is almost legendary for its deep luscious orchid notes and its subtle incense spice. The Li Family cultivates established 40+ year Qilan bushes on their rocky volcanic mountainside plot in the Wuyishan Ecological Preserve, letting the tea build complexity through biodiverse plantings, and carefully preserved natural forest cover.

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" "Lingering aromatics, sweet sensation on the sides of the mouth, mouth watering, and a vaporous persistent quality -
these are what we call Yan Yun." - Li Xiangxi... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

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

Gongfu

7 g.6  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

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