Silver Medal Winner Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Shui Xian Narcissus 银奖水仙
Narcissus, or Shui Xian in Chinese, is the bush varietal of the Wuyi rock oolong. It has been commonly grown throughout the Wuyi mountain region since the 1970's due to its popularity and the local government's advocacy.
This tea is a silver medal winner for the category of Shui Xian in 2018 Wuyi Shan Rock Tea Expo. It was held as a private stash, but we have now decided to share it with our fellow tea lovers. The locals like to drink the tea two years following the producing year. The reason is to let the tea settle and wait for the heat to completely disappear from its original firings. As expected, this tea is a tea lover's pleasure. It is surprisingly floral with hints of orchid and gardenia. It is also very fruity and smooth, with notes of roasted almond, peach, apricot and pear. It is an overall well-balanced tea from dry leaf, aroma, color, taste, and mouthfeel. A delicious tea you don't want to miss.
Origin: Wuyi Mountains, Fujian province, China
Harvest: May 2018
Roasting level: Moderately charcoal fired, completed in Oct. 2018
This tea is very floral and fruity, with intense natural narcissus like perfume fragrance. It has hints of roasted almond, peach, apricot and pear. It has well-rounded flavor profile, has clear amber liquor and a smooth, creamy texture.
210oF, 4 grams ( 2 tbsp) for 6 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1-2 minute, 4-5 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water. Also suggest to use porcelain or clay teapot instead of glass tea pot.
Gongfu brewing guide:
It is recommend to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of the tea.
Use a gaiwan or Yixing clay pot to enhance the aroma and taste, usually 8 grams (3 tbsp) of dry leaves for 100 ml (3.4 oz) of water. When using gongfu brewing method, it is essential to warm up the brewing vessel so that the water temperature will not drop significantly before brewing. The recommended brewing time is 10s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 20s. You may add 5 or 10 seconds steeping time for each subsequent infusions.
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