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Produced By Li Xiangxi

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.

Tasting Profile

  • SAVORY – cocoa, cane sugar
  • SPICY – tatami wood, cinnamon, ginger
  • FLORAL – honey, vanilla
  • A LITTLE FRUITY – tangerine
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DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2017
TongmuWuyi, Fujian
ELEVATION600 meters
Xingcun XiaozhongTea Varietal

Li Xiangxi works with her two brothers 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.

The Li Family’s ancestral home is deep in the Tongmu region of the Wuyishan Ecological preserve where they process all of their black teas. Unlike their oolongs, Wuyi Gongfu Black Tea is made from tea propagated direct from seed yielding greater genetic variation between plants. This variation gives the tea a natural complexity, as well as varied leaf color and size. The more wild propagation combined with the Li Family’s careful processing bring out deep rocky notes and classic chocolate undertones in this elegant black tea. Wuyi is considered the origin of all black tea, and this is the most classic processing style, reminiscent of the very first black teas that Europe fell in love with and worked to model Indian tea flavor profiles after. Anyone who has fallen in love with the complexities of fine Darjeeling needs to try what many consider to be the original inspiration for black tea worldwide.

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  oz.use 205° watersteep 6 seconds
add 3 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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