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.
savory - chocolate, barley
fruit - cherry
spice - cinnamon
floral - vanilla
DATE OF PICKINGMay 2020
The Liu Family's most recent harvest of Tieguanyin Xiao Zhong is here! The inspiration for this tea is Wuyi Xiao Zhong, a traditional and full-bodied black tea from Wuyishan (sometimes smoked with special pine wood). You might expect a bracing and full bodied tea, but when you taste this Tieguanyin varietal processed as a curled, roasted black tea, you find something quite different. The Liu Family has created a tea that is full of juicy fruity notes, rich spice and savory undertones. Rich and satisfying, this tea still has a floral Tieguanyin core under the black tea finishing. This tea has been carefully steamed and pressed into 7g mini-cakes for convenient brewing, aging and transportation.
'There are just so many people turning out jin after jin of modern green or traditional rolled Tieguanyin... Instead, the Liu family has been exploring more uncommon styles, like the Tieguanyin black teas Mr. Liu has been making since just before his children (now with children of their own!) were born'
5 g.6-8 oz.use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times add 15-30 sec. each infusion
5 g.5 ozuse 205° watersteep 10 seconds add 5-6 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings