Organic Shui Xian (Water Sprite) Oolong

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Charcoal, Chocolate, Floral, Mineral, Roasted
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 oz / 147 ml

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Shui Xian, also spelled Shui Hsien, which literally means‘Water Sprite’, ‘Water Fairy ’or‘Narcissus’. The traditional making process of Shui Xian Oolong is very complicated, and the most important process is baking, which also determines the final taste and quality of this tea. TeaVivre’s Organic Shui Xian Oolong Tea uses the traditional baking process, which is to place the tea in a bamboo baking cage, using the heat generated by burning charcoal, to bake the tea leaves for a long time. This tea belongs to medium-baked tea, so the dry leaves have relatively deep color with obvious roasted aroma.

The endoplasmic dissolution rate of this Shui Xian oolong tea is relatively quick, so we need short brewing time in the first few infusions. When injecting the water, the fragrance of tea comes out immediately, and we can easily feel its roasted feature. At the entrance, it taste smooth, soft and delicate, the sweetness of the tea will spread in mouth; When swallowing the liquid, we can feel its “thickness”, just like to drink a soup, mellow and flavorful. Moreover, its orchid fragrance is light and lingering, which is not only infusion enduring but also very intriguing to taste.

Origin: Panlan Village, Yong’an City, Fujian Province, China

Degree of baking: Medium baked
Dry leaf: Neat and fat strips, tightly twisted, dark brown and glossy
Aroma: Rich roasted aroma with slight floral fragrance
Liquor: Bright orange-yellow color
Taste: Mellow and delicate, the liquid is rich and complicated, with lingering fragrance in mouth
Tea Bush: Shui Xian
Tea Garden: Panlan Organic Tea Garden (980 – 1200m)
Caffeine: Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)
Storage: Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place
Shelf Life: 24 Months

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This was a free sample from my order of samples. Thanks, Teavivre! I will say right away that this is probably the type of tea that is LEAST to my tastes. Water Sprite – I was intrigued by the name of the tea and wasn’t thinking about what the tea might actually taste like when I selected my free samples. It’s the sort of oolong that just tastes like charcoal to my palate and I can’t get past the charcoal to taste anything else. It’s just charcoal, charcoal, charcoal. Sweet, mineral charcoal, but still charcoal. Though I’m sure the quality is great, I’m not the person to ask about roasty oolongs. The leaves look like a dusty black tea. All three steeps were tasting identical. Roasty charcoal. It’s always disappointing that I can’t enjoy these roasty oolongs. Half the second mug spilled — luckily it wasn’t my favorite tea. I won’t cry over this spilled tea… I know others have a much better experience with these types of tea.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 13 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 2 minutes after boiling // 4 min
Harvest: 2018


I hate ashy teas. I’m surprised the roast hasn’t mellowed out after a year.


LuckyMe – maybe the roast HAS mellowed after a year? I’m just trying this one now, so possibly?


Possibly, I can only imagine how charcoal-y it must have been fresh. Chalk it up to it being an overly roasted tea


This has been my morning “go to” for about a year now… I brew western style, no rinse (don’t judge me-hahaha)3-4 oz per 12 oz 190f for 3 min. I usually will cool my first cup with an ice cube, so I drink it on my way to work. I do find it “roasty” but I’ve never had it be to ashy like that. I am disappointed for you, this is really a nice tea… sad face :(


It’s just this type of tea to my palate, I guess. I can’t love them all!


I totally agree! We all have different tastes and likes ;)

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152 tasting notes

Dark oolong with a mineral floral aroma. Chocolatey roasted flavor that is minerally and floral. It is complex and delicious, a real winner.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Mineral, Roasted

205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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