Guide to Shui Xian Tea
Shui Xian is a very popular variety of Oolong tea and one the common favorites among Gong Fu tea drinkers. This tea can be found in most Chinese restaurants' menu, where the spelling "Shui Hsien" is more commonly used.
Shui Xian originates from the high mountains of Wu Yi Shan, a name that has became a synonym of high quality Oolong teas. Oolong teas from Mount Wu Yi are also referred as Yan Cha or "Rock Tea" due to the rocky terrain where the tea plants grow. Shui Xian from Wu Yi Shan is also said to have higher minerals contents compared to those grown in southern Fujian and Guangdong.
Shui Xian Brewing Guidelines
Fill both the teapot and the cup about halfway with hot water to preheat them. Tilt them a bit so that the water creeps up the side and then rotate them so the insides get wet all the way around. Then pour the water out.
Put 3 teaspoons of tea leaves into the teapot. If using a different vessel, use 3 teaspoons for every 8 oz. (236 ml) of water.
Fill the teapot with 90-95ºC (194-205ºF) water.
Place the lid on the teapot and let the tea steep for 1 minute.
Pour the tea into the teacups and enjoy your tea!
You can get 5-10 infusions out of most varieties. Increase the steeping time 30 seconds or so for each infusion. How many infusions you do depends entirely on your taste.
Shui Xian Tea(narcissus) is famous for its mellowness and light narcissus floral aroma.
For this Zheng Yan Shui Xian Tea, its mellowness and thickness is very strong, the rock (cliff soil) taste is heavy and thick. Super strong sweet aftertaste and deep throat feeling. Again, you will find this tea soup extremely soft and unique Shui Xian fragance.
All of our Wuyi rock tea (Zheng Yan Shui Xian Tea) is baked extremely slowly by charcoal, and only arrive in the market in August of every year. So the new Wuyi rock tea still has a little bit charcoal feeling in taste. As the tea breathe under the air, the charcoal aroma will disappear slowly and the tea's original taste and aroma will come out.
All of medium to high-roasted Zheng Yan Shui Xian Tea can be stored for over 2-3 years.
Where to Buy
Good quality varieties are not always easy to find; try a specialty tea shop or an online tea vendor. If you are unsure where to begin, you can check out this online shop.
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Karina Garcia is sales manager of JK Tea Shop, authentic Chinese Loose Leaf tea supplier, for more information, please visit our website at: jkteashop.com