Lion Peak Zheng Yan Shui Xian (狮子峰正岩水仙)
The charm of Rock Tea partly lies in the fact that at first when you try it, it may be hard to get used to it. However, the more you drink it and the more you savour it, you will gradually be attracted to it. Up to this day this is one of my most profound experiences since I got into Rock Tea.
A few days ago, I carefully tasted six different 2020 Zheng Yan Shui Xian from different producing areas and finally chose this one from Lion Peak, which is located at the southern corner of the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area, across the stream from Dawang Peak.The Lion of the Lion Peak is called "the beast of the Chong You Guan" (as the Wuyi Palace was called in the Song Dynasty).
All the terrain is at relatively high altitude. There is a huge rock at the top of the peak, which looks to the east and resembles a roaring lion, hence the name Lion Peak. The high and winding terrain of Lion Peak has red soil composed mostly of aluminium and silica, but also with high content of phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, calcium and other elements that contribute to the unique aroma and 'Yan Yun' (Rock Charm) of Lion Peak tea.
This tea had been baked once over charcoal in the traditional manner. The dry leaves are healthy and strong, tightly rolled into strains. When you first smell the leaves, you may get the orchid aroma. When the leaves are placed in a hot gaiwan or teapot, the orchid aroma becomes more pronounced, intensive but not overwhelming. The soup is bright orange.
Unfortunately, this year due to the weather the amount of tea picked is lower and only about 15 kg of this tea was produced. I purchased 1 kg to let all my tea friends experience this Zheng Yan Shui Xian from Lion Peak.
You can get single serving packages (8.3g) on my website www.txs-tea.com. Note that the tea is still in Wuyishan, so it will be ready to be shipped around September 12th.
Suggested brewing: gaiwan or zisha teapot. Pure spring water at boiling temperature. One package per teapot. Keep the brewing time short, long soaking is not recommended.