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Produced By Li Xiangxi

Li Xiangxi's family works together in Wuyishan, applying their craft to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching Wuyishan tea ceremony.

Tasting Profile

  • A LITTLE FLORAL – osmanthus honey
  • FRUITY – apricot
  • VERY SPICY – cinnamon, minerality, cedar
  • SAVORY – cream
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2019
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyi, Fujian
ELEVATION600
Rou GuiTea Varietal

Rou Gui is one of Wuyishan’s most famous and sought after varietals, and one of the Li Family’s most awarded teas. Rou Gui is known for so transparently showcasing the terroir, the unique microclimate, of specific subregions within the Wuyishan Ecological preserve.

The Li Family took the audacious step this year of setting aside a portion of their widely-respected award-winning Rou Gui and trying an experimental new finish, allowing the tea to slowly sun-oxidize into a black tea instead of going through traditional oolong finishing. The result is a stunning but extremely-limited harvest of spice and mineral-driven Rou Gui black tea, bolstered by an intensely creamy backbone and a building oolong-like aftertaste. They’ve achieved the nuance and staying power of an oolong but with the honeyed allure of a black tea.

Steeping Instructions

Western

5 g.6-8
oz.
use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
add 5 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.6  oz.use 205° watersteep 6 seconds
add 2 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings

Iced/Cold

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

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