The Li Family hand picks high-elevation spring-fed tea from their misty plot in the Wuyi Ecological Preserve. Their biodiverse plantings, and careful hand-finishing win them awards year after year.
cedar, yun, minerality
fruit - longyan, apricot
floral - rose, jasmine
spice - cedar, yun, minerality
savory - brown sugar
vegetal - tulsi
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, Fujian
Yu QilinTea Varietal
The Qilin is a mythical Chinese creature associated with wise benevolent rulers that has been compared to the unicorn, and the giraffe. This year’s harvest is remarkably spice-forward with incense aromatics and a tingling quality that builds up on the tongue over multiple infusions. The spice and complexity of the varietal and the tremendous microclimate within the Wuyi Ecological Preserve are heightened even more by Mr. Li’s generous hand-firing in the finishing process.
'The Wuyishan Ecological Preserve was shaped by ancient volcanoes, giving it a mix of extremely rocky and sandy soil. This soil contributes to the flavor of the region’s tea though regulating water drainage and encouraging deeper roots, as well as through its mineral-rich mix of nutrients the tea absorbs as it grows.'
4 g.6 oz.use 208° watersteep 40 secondsresteep many times add 30 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 15-20 seconds add 15 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings