- Varietal: Wuyi Shui Xian Cultivar
- Harvest: Late April
- Production: Plucking, sun withering, room withering, bruising in bamboo trays, wok frying, roasting, rolling, cooling, packing
- 5 grams of tea leaves
- 4 oz. water at 212°F
- Brew for 20 seconds
- Up to 10 steepings
More about Water Sprite Oolong tea:
Shui Xian is a delicious Oolong tea with a flowery aroma. It originates from Wuyi mountain, Fujian Province, China. The mountain is one of the most famous mountains for producing great quality Oolong tea in China.
During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) a new variety of Yancha was discovered when oolong tea was made from the leaves of an old tea bush discovered near the mouth of a cave dedicated to the Immortals of Daoism. The tea was found to have an unique flavor and healing properties (specifically in purging the body of heat and poisons). The name “Shui Xian” is often translated as “Narcissus” or “Water Sprite”,but, in fact, in the local dialect the word for “praying” sounds like the word “shui” (pronounced “shwee”), which means water. The real meaning of this famous tea’s name, then, is “Praying to the Immortals” – in honor of the place where it was discovered – a place where the people prayed to the Immortals.
The heavily roasted Shui Xian tea was made of the tealeaves harvested from Tian Xin Yan, a famous area of Zhengyan. It tastes smooth, complex with an amazing fruity and flowery aroma and some chocolate-toffee notes.[/fusion_builder_column]