Shuixian (Narcissus)

Organic Rock Wulong Tea 2020

A richly floral rock wulong with an aroma reminiscent of narcissus flowers and a deep full flavor. Traditionally charcoal roasted to develop sweetness while still preserving a high aroma. A great tea for new rock wulong tea drinkers due to its inviting fragrance, rich taste, and relatively low price.

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Tea Origin
Wuyishan City, Fujian Province, China

Tea Bush
Minbei Shuixian (Northern Fujian Narcissus)

Tea Master
Liu Dexi

Harvest Time
Late April

Picking Standard
Zhong kai mian

A richly floral traditional rock wulong with an aroma reminiscent of narcissus flowers and a deep full flavor. Shuixian goes through two charcoal roasts to develop its flavor yet still retains a high aroma. The most popular local rock wulong cultivar in Wuyishan. A great tea for new rock wulong tea drinkers due to its inviting fragrance, rich taste, and relatively low price.

Though harvested early, this particular tea bush still has large, thick leaves. It was slow-roasted twice over a traditional charcoal fire to develop its sweetness and depth of flavor. For this tea, charcoal roasts last for 8 hours each at 140°C (285°F). These charcoal roastings are separated by 20 days of rest for the leaves to avoid excessive smokiness and to better develop their flavor.

Our Shuixian rock wulong comes from a certified organic tea garden in Wuyishan. Tea master Liu Dexi’s garden is certified to meet highest level requirements for Chinese national organic agricultural standards. It’s weeded by hand and naturally fertilized with fermented rapeseed paste and goat manure, without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

What made the distinctive Shuixian bush so prevalent in Wuyishan

A bank of lush Shuixian tea bushes, with green hills covered in rows of more bushes in the background.
Organic Shuixian tea garden in Wuyishan.

Shuixian (Narcissus) got its name from its wonderful floral aroma reminiscent of blooming narcissus flowers. At the end of the Qing Dynasty tea farmers began to cultivate it in Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province because of its rich flavor and excellent aroma. Like Rougui, Shuixian is very resilient to extreme temperatures and easy to grow. The leaves are also very large compared to other bushes, making it an ideal bush for producing larger quantities of tea. It is also added to many other types of Wuyi tea blends because of the strong flavor and aroma. Shui Xian and Rougui are the most predominant cultivars of tea plant that are grown in the Wuyishan region.

Note: This tea is Minbei Shuixian, not to be confused with the Fenghuang Shuixian, the Dan Cong Wulong.

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

 

 

Shuixian (Narcissus) 2020 brewing guidelines

5 grams (2.5 Tb) tea

12 oz 100°C (212ºF) water

3 min. first infusion

At least 4 infusions: 3, 3, 5, 8 minutes