In Longjuan, Anxi, tradition and market pressures don’t drive the Liu Family to focus exclusively on traditional techniques; instead, they explore unexpected styles, mixing techniques and taking inspiration from across China to build a demand for their craft.
While oolong tea takes the most labor to finish - requiring an immense amount of skill and experience - green tea is, in its way, harder to do well. With so much less processing, green tea is a more transparent portrait of a place, really showing off the ‘true’ flavor of both the tea varietal and the conditions underwhich it grew. It is a bold move to make a green tea for the first time, but the Liu Family’s land, tea bushes and craft are up for the challenge. This tea has been carefully steamed and pressed into 7g mini-cakes for convenient brewing, aging and transportation.
Mr. Liu talks about his family's tea fields