Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Old Bush Shui Xian Narcissus
Narcissus, or Shui Xian in Chinese, is a bush varietal of Wuyi rock oolong. Shui Xian has been commonly grown in Wuyi mountains for the last two decades, but old bush Shui Xian, or Lao Cong Shui Xian in Chinese, is not commonly found in the Wuyi mountain core-producing areas, especially those bushes that are more than sixty years old. As you can see in the picture below, the bushes are so old that moss has grown around the branches.
This tea was held as a private stash, but we have now decided to share it with our fellow tea lovers. As you might expect, this wonderful Shui Xian oolong tea offers everything that one looks for in a Shui Xian. Besides being very floral, smooth and fruity, what stands out more are also its smoothness, full-bodied and strong huigan. It is like drinking a silky milk, with a sweet aftertaste and a mouth full of saliva producing flavor lingering. It can sustain many steepings. It is indeed a oolong tea lover's treasure that once you drink, you won't be able to forget.
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, very silky and creamy, strong saliva producing huigan.
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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