Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong

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Calculated from 48 Ratings
Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Almond, Cedar, Char, Cinnamon, Cream, Dandelion, Earth, Mineral, Narcissus, Nutmeg, Orange, Orchid, Pine, Raisins, Smoke, Sugar, Tobacco, Vanilla, Creamy, Grain, Roasted, Vegetal, Wood, Milk, Sweet, Oak wood, Smooth, Honey, Flowers
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Typical Preparation
Use 8 oz / 226 ml of water
Set water temperature to 200 °F / 93 °C
Use 5 g of tea
Steep for 1 min, 30 sec
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“Sipdown #4 (I think I’m on 4). This is a sad sipdown, as this really is a tasty tea! This is one of the first Wuyi’s I fell in love with, & although it may not be as fancy & complex as...” Read full tasting note
“Quick rinse I am really starting to love my little gongfu mini teapot and tiny double walled cups. 2-4 seconds Steepings 1-4: Roasted honey notes with a thick mouthfeel. The aftertaste is...” Read full tasting note
“Holy Heaven!!! LOVE THIS! It’s like drinking honey wrapped around honey comb and laced with more honey. Only on the first steep now. Underneath the honey, I can taste a faint green Oolong note...” Read full tasting note
“Happy New Year (or New Year’s Eve, depending)! Man, this is good! Today I finally worked up the courage to try the five second steep, gongfu method, in my measuring glass. When I made it yesterday...” Read full tasting note


Shui Xian is a tea shrouded in mystery -its name is either a reference to a Taoist immortal, a spirit of the water, or the narcissus flower. This triple-meaning is fitting for the immense complexity and richness that the tea offers.

The aroma of the leaf as boiling water is poured over it is that of steamed whole milk simmering with vanilla pods, slowly caramelizing. The first sip is a textural sensation. We imagine crystals of honey flavor suspended and frozen in the liquor that burst open as they melt with thick, juicy sweetness. There is also a particularly heady plumeria flower aroma that plays on the palate with notes of perfectly ripe mangos.

As the tea steeps out, there is a light tingling sensation left on the tongue, accompanied by the buttery sweet flavor of a fresh made waffle cone, or a merengue laced with amaretto. Late steeping see the vanilla cream aroma come in to play again with an incredible taste of vanilla gelato with sliced banana and sprinkles of fresh ground cinnamon.

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