This Three Stamp Shuixian was the first shuixian I ever tried, and it was love at first taste. I remember leaving the tea session with a serious tea buzz! Three Stamp is an indicator of quality, and is one of the highest grades of Shuixian produced.
We offer a mellower, smoother aged shuixian from the same family here at TeaLife (click the drop down menu on this page and select the Aged Shuixian (37.8g)).This is a much higher roast than is commonly seen anywhere else today, and I've never encountered any SX this highly roasted on the Chinese market. The family that roast this tea here in Hong Kong have done so for three generations, and perhaps more in Fujian before they made the move across to HK in the 50s. This is old school Fujianese shuixian for gongfu cha! Modern attempts at high roast oolong tea often start with poor base material, or the tea is ruined by overroasting. This tea is a rare example of an excellent quality high roast Wuyi oolong done right. The roast has been perfected through a lifetime of refinement.This particular batch tastes like good quality milk chocolate. I'm not sure if this is just from seasonal variation or because I'm using a finer zini pot than I used to for this tea, which I have been drinking regularly for years, but I really like the way the tea is performing. I put 100g into an old Hong Kong-made pewter tea caddy for long term storage for my own consumption. This tea will age very well and I recommend stocking up for the future (and not just because I sell this tea)! I normally get four good infusions when preparing this tea gongfu style (and it's the only way I drink it). There is light sourness and bitterness to the tea, but it is very pleasant drinking and gives me quite a powerful tea buzz. This is basically Fujianese coffee! The first two pictures are my own: the remainder were taken by a buyer in the US and are used here with his permission (thank you)!
I have sent several kilograms of this tea to the US over the last few years, and continue to send this shuixian there regularly. More recently, I have shipped this tea to Croatia, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
All of our tea is shipped in sealed mylar bags and protected with bubble wrap, before placing the tea in brand new cardboard boxes. As with all tea, I recommend letting this tea rest for one or two weeks after it arrives.
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Please note: most traditional Hong Kong tea merchants do not offer discounts on volume until I am purchasing several kilograms at a time, and in some cases, no discounts are offered at all, even for ten kilos of a single tea or more. For this reason, I cannot offer a discount on larger purchases at this time.