This high fragrance, light roast Zhang Ping Shui Xian is a rare and unique Fujian Oolong that is hand compressed into individually wrapped, aromatic briquettes of tea. The large green leaves produce a flavorful cup of light honey notes, that are floral, layered, and lingering.
About the leaves:
Grown at an elevation of 800 meters above sea level the shuixian leaves are hand plucked off of 15-year-old trees, in May with a picking standard of one bud and 3-4 open leaves. Before being shaped into its distinctive cube shape, the 10 cm long leaves go through a 15-minute low fire process and a 4-hour roasting.
This tea contains a medium level of caffeine | Steep at 195° for 2-3 minutes.
Zhang Ping Shui Xian is a truly extraordinary take on a fairly well-known tea. Many may mistake Shui Xian and think of the well-roasted Wuyi Rock Oolong, famous in many Chinese restaurants around the world. However, this oolong is only lightly oxidized or roasted, then leaves are compressed by hand in wooden molds. It is then wrapped in paper and dried on bamboo trays over ashes before being preserves in a vacuum-sealed pouch for its maximum floral freshness.
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Questions and Answers
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How would someone make this tea?
Asked by Katrina Quoka
on May 2nd, 2022
Yuan Xiao Zhen
How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I have been working with tea for 10 years. I was born in a tea family and as a result, naturally work with tea too. I love tea.
Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
I will go out at 8am and finish my job around 2pm, then I will send the tea leaves to our primary factory for production.
What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I like the shaping part of production. This is done by hand. The tea will become a square shape after this step. I love the beautiful shape of this tea.
Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
It is difficult to find more workers in the busy spring season. Lots of young people in the village go to the big cities to make a living.
Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Please use a gai wan with 100 degrees celsius hot water to brew the tea. It is really a good cup of tea with lovely and pleasant smell.
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