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Shui Xian Cake, 2012

$65.00

Shui Xian Cake, 2012

  • 漢字 武夷水仙茶餅

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted & pressed

    flavor notes rich, cocoa

    漢字 武夷水仙茶餅

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted & pressed

    flavor notes rich, cocoa


    In 2011, we comissioned a wuyi crafted from “zheng yan” leaves. The “mao cha” was traditionally crafted in the wuyi style: bruised, oxidized, and given a finishing “heritage” fruitwood charcoal roast. We then added one unique request: for the leaves to be pressed into a 150 gram cake, so that they may be aged in a manner and aesthetic similar to pu-erhs.

    The result was unlike any wuyi we’ve tasted. Smoother and sweeter, with cocoa notes as opposed to caramel. Impressed with the execptionally delicious 2011 cake, we commisioned a run of 300 for 2012.

    The charcoal roasting of this 2012 cake was done at a slightly lower temperature. While this cake retains the chocolate notes of the previous year, the sweetness is a bright and the mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth. The 2011 left a dryer finish more akin to dark chocolate, while the 2012 stays persistently silky. What surprises us most about this cake are the subtle floral notes that come through in the second and third infusions.

  • Brewing Guide

    To brew, you'll first need to separate the amount you'll be using from the cake. The recommended method is with the tea pick in our accessories section. Begin by opening the cake from the side, then move the pick back and forth until you're able to flake a piece off, but do not break it into smaller pieces. Although different sizes will flake off, we recommend coming as close to 4.5 grams as possible.

    Start with with a short rinse of boiling water, then an initial infusion of 3 minutes. After the leaves have opened up, steep for 2 minutes, adding 30 seconds for subsequent infusions. These longer infusions bring out the silky mouthfeel we love about this year's cake.

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