Shuixian Oolong Tea (Water Fairy)
Tarzan of Wuyi?
Shuixian Oolong Tea6
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Our second best high grade Wuyi oolong, this AAA grade is plucked from an old tea bush called Laocong.
A firm favorite of gongfu drinkers worldwide, he pops up everywhere on the menu.
There are many different types. They can broadly be classified into four types:
Mingnan (Produced in southern Fujian province)
Mingbei (Produced in northern Fujian province)
Wuyi (Produced in Wuyi Mountain)
Phoenix (Produced in Guangdong province's Phoenix Mountain)
His popularity is remarkable when you consider he has only been cultivated in Wuyi in the last 200 years.
Together with Dahongpao and Rougui, he is one of the three most widely cultivated teas in the Mountain.
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Laocong AAA Grade (Spring 2013) - 49 grams
The word "Shui Xian" means Water Fairy. A friend of mine likes to say: Rougui is for the fragrance, Shuixian is for the water.
Our second best high grade Wuyi tea, this AAA grade is known as a Laocong Shuixian. The tea leaves are plucked from an old tea bush of at least 15 years old.
On the outside, he resembles the Tarzan - stout, muscular and powerful - exactly how a high grade Wuyi variety should look like.
Internally he is more feminine The liquor is smooth, rich, full-flavored and mellow. The aroma is an orchid perfume: high, light and lasting.
This tea is available as part of the Wuyi 7-in-1 Sampler.
By Nick (Aurora)
It has a very specific and enjoyable herbal taste characteristic and the only herb that I can think of that even comes close to that taste would be Lavender.
Whatever it is is extremely delicious and whoever does your roasting is an absolute Master of his craft. Once the roast mellows slightly the oils become so thick and caramelized on the gaiwan lid that I could put my finger in it and write with it, it almost looks like engine oil which sounds gross but points more to the texture more than anything and is actually quite amazingly delicious in how it helps digest food and the Hui Gan is fantastic but he Cha Qi is actually one of my favorite characteristics.
If I have a long day at work just drinking a few cups of that delicious Immortal Nectar has me flying to the Island of Penglai.
By Nick (Aurora)
This batch of Shui Xian is an absolute marvel and I feel extremely lucky to have ever tasted it. It has my absolute favorite flavor profile in more heavily roasted Shui Xian's, which is Black Cherry, and not just on the front end but all the way through to the finish. The Cherry sweetness is abruptly but deliciously overshadowed by the tartness of something akin to cranberries with the slightest hint of acidity in the best possible way, which makes it full bodied in my book. The best part about this tea is that not only are you experiencing one of the most delicious cherry syrup flavors but at the same time dwelling in the calm realm of pure peace that the incredibly impressive Cha Qi transports you to. Top 5 o! f all time!
By Rod (St Paul)
I tried the Shuixian 2011 AAA sample and it had nice aroma, nice taste, nice aftertaste and was just great.
I would like to order some more of that.
I also tried the Maofeng A Grade and was very good solid tea for morning use.
I have not had an ooportunity to try the others but am looking forward to doing so.
I have ordered from other tea companies and your teas compare favorably.
By Primož (Slovenia)
I think I will mature this tea for a year or two to harmonize the taste a little bit more. I think it is a little to dry, and not so warm aroma, maybe the maturing will change it.
The leaf looks very nice and dark brown, so for appearance I give 4 stars, for the taste and aroma 3 stars.
The bargain though was very good I am pleased with the tea!
Thank you again !!!! :))
By Yeshe Yongdu (USA)
The Shuixian Oolong tea (Water Fairy) is impressive, it does have its own unique taste, it deserves to be priced the same as the Dahongpao.
I brew Oolongs the same way I brew green tea, just a lot more water and longer steep time.
Yes, 5 out of 5 for both the Dahongpao and Shuixian.
For further information about packaging, brewing, maturation and storage, read Wuyi Tea - Further Guide