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Wu Long (Oolong Tea)

Shui Xian 水仙

Gentle orchid aroma and aftertaste, soft but broad texture

Regular price $21.00 USD
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Shui Lian Dong - Spring 2021: An all-around classic! This vintage is broad, elegant, floral, and reserved with layered woodsy notes and a fruity aftertaste.

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San Yang Feng - Spring 2018: Lao Cong, extremely tender and clear texture with very pronounced Cong Wei throughout 

*Please note, this vintage is discounted because the labels are discolored. 


About This Tea

Our Shui Xian comes from ancient trees in the most prestigious top terroir in Wu Yi Shan. Teas made from older Shui Xian trees are designated as Gao Cong (40-60 years old) and Lao Cong (above 60 years old). Well-made Gao Cong and Lao Cong have a highly prized mossy/woodsy note called Cong Wei that connoisseurs seek after.

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  • Origin

    San Yang Feng; Jiu Long Ke, Wu Yi Shan mountains, Fu Jian province, China (~300-500m elevation)

  • History and Significance

    Shui Xian is the Chinese name of Narcissus tazetta, commonly known as a daffodil in English. It is one of the most popular varietals in Wu Yi Shan and is one of the oldest and most stable varietals throughout southern China.

  • Category

    Category: Wu Long (Oolong Tea)

    Sub-Category: Min Bei Wu Long (Yan Cha, Cliff Tea)

    Cultivar: Shui Xian

  • Processing

    Yan Cha tea is made with only the leaves, making it one of the latest teas to be harvested each year, with Ban Yan picking time around early to mid-April and Zheng Yan early May. Our Shui Xian is made from three to five leaves in Zheng Yan terroir. Shui Xian has one of the largest and thickest leaves of all Yan Cha varietals, enabling it to withstand a more thorough roasting. After the teas are sufficiently wilted, they remain on bamboo trays for a few hours before being shaken or tumbled to manage enzyme activity. This step regulates how the water inside the leaves travels outward. The process is repeated every hour, 5-8 times throughout the evening and night until morning. Once the teas are acceptably fermented in the early morning, they are then wok-fried to kill the enzymes in the leaves to stop the fermentation. Fresh out of the wok when the leaves are still hot and soft, they are rolled vigorously to break the surface membranes to bring out more consistent flavors in the tea. The most tedious step in all Chinese tea making is the stem-picking step, which in Yan Cha’s case takes place for several months following the rough tea making. It is a step where undesired yellow leaves (old leaves) and stems are picked out by hand. The “cleaned” tea is then roasted on very dim charcoal ash for 8–12 hours, 1-3 times depending on the varietal, to make it a finished Yan Cha.

  • Tasting Notes

    Shui Xian is known for having an impressively soft and broad body with a substantial downward mouthfeel. In comparison to other varietals, Shui Xian has a more subdued aroma. We taste delicate orchids in both aroma and aftertaste. Because of the age of the trees, our Shui Xian has the highly prized mossy/woodsy notes (Cong Wei) that connoisseurs seek after.

  • Brewing Instructions

    Please see above for the category specific brewing specs for Gong Fu brewing. For brewing in a teapot, mug, or single cup visit this article here.

  • Learn How To Gong Fu Brew

    This foundational course is a great resource to help you understand the methods and motions of Gong Fu Brewing.