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2021 Wuyi Gongfu Black

2021 Wuyi Gongfu Black

Crafted By the Li Family

Li Xiangxi's family works together in Tongmu applying their incredible skill at roasting to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching rural tea ceremony.
  • true
    85
    malted milk, cocoa, oat
    true
    85
    sandalwood, tulsi, cinnamon
    true
    40
    baked apple
    true
    50
    rose
    true
    30
    bamboo, burdock
    true
    rock and wuyi forest

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - malted milk, cocoa, oat
    • spice - sandalwood, tulsi, cinnamon
    • fruit - baked apple
    • floral - rose
    • vegetal - bamboo, burdock
    • texture - rock and wuyi forest
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 meters
    • Xingcun XiaozhongTea Varietal

    Terroir-driven textural dessert tea - the new 2021 harvest is here!

    Li Xiangxi works with her brother and cousins in the Wuyi Ecological Preserve to harvest this propagated-from-seed Xiaozhong varietal leaf and process it using traditional heap oxidization techniques and curling to bring out the tea’s natural complexity. Grown on a hillside in a ravine that collects a pocket of natural mist all morning, the tea buds slowly, yielding an incredibly sweet brew. The tea picks up mineral texture from the rocky volcanic soil and the natural spring water running through the Li Family’s plot. Deeper complexity comes from the natural genetic variation of allowing their Xiaozhong tea to grow from seed instead of cuttings, creating a rich multi-layered taste experience.


  • 'This is the classic and iconic black tea of Wuyishan – the closest it gets in craft to the very oldest black teas in the world. Wuyi Gongfu Black is twisted to form beautiful long leaves whose elegance is suited to formal tea ceremony, especially as they unfurl in the gaiwan'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    6
    205
    6 seconds
    3
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

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

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