2019 San Yang Feng Shui Xian
This tea was produced by a small producer who doesn't own any trees. He buys fresh leaves from the gardens in Wuyishan and processes them himself. He selects gardens personally and negotiates with farmers to pick the trees with his own workers. This allows for a very refined tea at a scale that would be deemed too small in quantity to be interesting to the big factories.
This Shui Xian was grown in San Yang Feng and given a medium charcoal roast. The roast is slightly lighter than we'd normally go for, but it has been excellently done - so that the roast penetrates the leaves and produces a tea that is free from the gumminess that often plagues teas that are roasted at this level. The minerality, aroma, concentration and length of aftertaste are all excellent. This is really a pleasure to drink, outperforming many high end teas from the more famous producers, with a price/quality ratio that is really excellent.