Zhang Ping Shui Xian


Zhang Ping Shui Xian is a rare and unique Fujian Oolong that is hand compressed into aromatic bricks of tea. Very floral in its aroma, these convenient parcels of tea have notes of hyacinth and orchid. The taste starts light as the tea slowly unfurls from its compressed shape; later steeps bring out much stronger notes of lily flowers, honey, and fresh vegetation. If you want a tea that lasts for many steeps and evolves in flavor over each steep, then this is an excellent choice, expect to sit with it for a long time! 


Zhang Ping Shui Xian is a truly unique take on a fairly well known tea, most people would recognize the name Shui Xian and think of the strongly roasted Wuyi Rock Oolong famous in many Chinese restaurants around the world. However, this Oolong is not heavily oxidized or roasted, instead the lightly oxidized leaves are compressed by hand in wooden molds. It is then wrapped in paper and dried in a bamboo tray over ashes before being stored in a vacuum pouch to preserve its floral freshness. 



  • ORIGIN:  Zhangping, Longyan, Fujian, China
  • MEANING:  Water immortals from Zhang Ping
  • CULTIVAR:  Shui Xian
  • HARVEST TIME:  May 5, 2016
  • TASTE:  Floral, sweet, delicate

  • Quantity: 3g / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 100°C
  • Infusion time: 4 min
  • Quantity: 3g / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 100°C
  • 3 infusions: 60, 45, 60 sec

For best results in gongfu cha, brew in the traditional gaiwan or in a Yixing teapot. Too high water temperature would burn the leaves, resulting in bitter taste.

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