China Fujian Zhangping Light Roasted Shui Xian "Fruit" Cake Oolong Tea

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74 / 100

Calculated from 9 Ratings
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Oolong Tea
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Oolong Tea Leaves
Almond, Apple, Baked Bread, Blueberry, Butter, Cherry, Cinnamon, Cream, Custard, Fruity, Gardenias, Grass, Honey, Pear, Raspberry, Sugar, Vanilla, Vegetal, Wood, Milk, Mineral, Orange, banana, Coffee, Nuts, Floral, Flowers, Sweet, Toasty, Citrus, Coconut
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Typical Preparation
Use 40 oz / 1188 ml of water
Set water temperature to 200 °F / 93 °C
Use 6 g of tea
Steep for 1 min, 0 sec
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11 Tasting Notes View all

“Hello and Merry Christmas to Steepster celebrators. I haven’t had any holiday-themed teas to drink besides around Thanksgiving with some less than stellar Republic of Tea blends. This one better...” Read full tasting note
“As mentioned in my previous review, I actually had two of these Zhangping Shui Xian oolong mini cakes, one from 2016 and the other from 2017. My last review dealt with the 2016 tea, and this one...” Read full tasting note
“Used about 1/3 of cake (3g) in small gaiwan that holds about 50ml. 200 degrees, 10 second wash to start. Dry leaves were very fruity with sweet florals. Went 8 infusions (30 sec, 45, 60, 75, 90, 2...” Read full tasting note
“This is a very temperamental tea, as others have pointed out as well. Finding the right brewing parameters is a challenge. This time I used half a cake (about 4g) in a 180ml clay teapot to retain...” Read full tasting note


A smooth fruity tasting oolong with subtle floral notes which develop into nuttier tones with subsequent steeps.

Zhangping Shui Xian is the only oolong tea which has traditionally been pressed into a cake, a practice which dates back for well over a century.

Each cake is roughly 7.5g in weight and comes in its own individual packet.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth texture
- Fruity notes with floral hints which shifts to nut with subsequent steeps

Origin: Zhangping, Fujian, China
Cultivar: Shui Xian
Roast: Light
Sourced: Direct from a factory which specialises only in lightly roasted Zhangping cakes

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use half a cake per cup/small teapot or one cake for a large teapot.
- Brew for 60-90 seconds

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