The husband and wife time of the Li family are responsible for this experimental process "red oolong," realized from Golden Peony cultivar, traditionally reserved for oolong. Though there's no explicit baking step, this high-oxidation tea, like its contemporaries, straddles classification between oolong and black tea. The Lis work with a select list of family friend’s gardens in Wuyishan—always paying months before harvest and setting a quantity ceiling beforehand—so farmers are encouraged to cultivate the best possible crop. If a yield quota is not met due to climate change or unforeseeable circumstances—source farms are paid the same, handsome price. The Lis seek to uphold the integrity and natural beauty of the Wuyishan Ecological Preserve and craft ideas, new and classic, by hand in small batches. Notes of baked pear, cedar, and nutmeg.
Region: Wuyishan, Fujian, China
Variety: Jin Mu Dan ("Gold Peony")
Elevation: 300-400 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: Spring 2020
Producer: The Li Family
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340 mL water | 205°F | 3:00