Li Li Xiang Anxi Oolong (Organic)

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This certified organic tea is made from the Tie Guan Yin Bush and Ben Shan Bush. The name “Li Li Xiang” means each leaf is fragrant. While this tea’s level of oxidation is similar to other Anxi teas like Monkey Picked and Zi Yun Shan, it has undergone more intense roasting in its processing. This stronger roast gives Li Li Xiang a golden liquor color and a flavor that is reminiscent of Anxi’s traditional style. The interesting flavor and affordable price makes this a great everyday oolong tea.

Location: Fujian Province
Tea Bush: Tie Guan Yin Bush and Ben Shan Bush
Tea Master: Yan Li Zhong
Harvest Time: end of April
Picking Standard: one slightly opened leaf with three mature leaves
Brewing vessel: glass cup, gaiwan, glass or porcelain pot, yixing pot
Brewing Guidelines: 1st infusion ½ Tbs per 12 oz 212F for 1½ min
Infusions: at least 5 times

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Seven Cups is an American tea company based in Tucson, Arizona. We source traditional, handmade Chinese teas directly from the growers and tea masters who make them, and we bring those teas back from China to share with people everywhere.

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This morning, this tea has more sourness and harshness than I remember. It’s interesting how the palate morphs based on extraneous conditions. Today, perhaps, the overwhelming heat and humidity have had an impact. It’s still delightfully sweet, supple, and flavorful.


I’ve come to think it’s really important to be aware of the environment of the tea drinking — the “extraneous conditions.” My most memorable tea moments are inextricably woven into the weather, sounds, etc. of where I was when I drank it.

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I got the 2008 on sale for less than three dollars for 50 grams.

The dry leaf is pretty with lots of green mixed with much darker leaf. When steeped, the liquor was a deep gold color. The aroma was very floral with heavy toasty notes. The flavor was: smooth, deep, rich, earthy, with a slight sweetness and roasty toasty goodness. A lingering slightly tart fruitiness. I infused this many times. At the end the flavor was not as strong, but still very good.

I loved this tea. I am just now delving into the world of oolong, so haven’t much to compare it to, but it was just really satisfying. I don’t know what it tasted like in 2008, but it’s still tasty…especially at the current sale price.

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i just love oolong period.. this one in particular left a lasting impression on me. very smooth and elegant.

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One of my staple oolongs that I decided to bring to Japan with me. I drank a looot of it!

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This is one of my “always in stock” teas. It’s the same tea as Seven Cups Monkey Picked but it’s been roasted longer… it’s still a light roast to me, though ;-). I brew this one regularly and have found that it’s even quite tasty when brewed in my cast iron pot. Usually the lighter teas can’t stand up to that pot.

Anyway, I drink this tea on its own or I sprinkle some osmanthus in when I brew it. I don’t use as much osmanthus as they use when you sit down at Seven Cups, but I like that addition. I often only finish about 3 pots in a day, so I brew the remaining infusion(s) and put them in the fridge. This makes a delightful iced tea. I drink it on its own or with Trader Joe’s Peach Medley juice. I’ve also used it to make a cocktail with sake, peach medley, and the tea.

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When this tea was in my Steepster Select box, I was thrilled. I’ve been wanting to try teas from Seven Cups.

Here’s my full-length review:

This is easily one of the very best Oolongs I’ve tasted. It is a unique Oolong in that it has intriguing raw cacao notes along with some of the other flavors that you might ordinarily expect in a greener Oolong, like vegetative and nutty flavors. The cacao took me by surprise. Beautiful notes of vanilla too.

A really good Oolong. Highly recommended.

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