Location: WuYi Mountains, around Lotus Peak (LianGuaFeng)
Period: Year 2020 - April harvest roasted in September
Our memory trigger: the old Shuixian Trees...
An unexpected encounter gives us the chance to offer this tea: one rainy day in Wuyishan, a tea producer gave us a ride. Since then we regularly delight in his teas.
His Shuixians are some of our favorite Yancha. These Pic du Lotus tea plants were planted by his grandfather in the early 1970s, and are therefore among the first tea plants to be replanted again after the difficult years of the middle of the last century.
The Shuixian are precisely tree tea plants reaching up to over 2 meters in height. In the Wuyi Mountains, apart from a few solitary shrubs, it is the only variety of tea trees that is allowed to grow naturally, because it comes from another tradition, imported only 150 years ago from the coastal areas of Fujian.
Within a decade, this garden will have gained all its acclaim and will produce Laocong Shuixian (Old Shuixian plants) characterized by their woody and mossy taste. For now, these plants less than 60 years old are called Gaocong Shuixian (Shuixian Grand Plan).
This year, this Shuixian stands out for its beautiful classicism: well flowery, slightly mineral, it is also starting to offer woody and slightly mossy aromas. Its originality comes from a beautiful roasting which brings a well buttered structure filling the whole mouth and a distinct brown caramel taste. If we add its fresh finish, we have a tastefull and well-balanced tea.