shui xian water sprite oolong tea
shui xian water sprite dry tea leaves
shui xian water sprite tea liquor in cup
shui xian water sprite wet tea leaves floating in cup


Shui Xian - Water Sprite - Oolong Tea

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The original variant of this tea is an oolong rock tea from the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian province. It has since evolved to take on many forms, however the core feature remains, which is a nice roast to finish it off. Hugely popular in China and often served at restaurants and banquets there. We can confidently say, however, that our version is a grade or two above restaurant tea! We use a local Taiwanese Bao Zhong as the base, which is minimally oxidised and unroasted. Next, following Shui Xian tradition, ours is then fired by a 6th generation master roaster. The end result is a tea with a flavour profile full of dried fruits, particularly dried stone fruits. This is probably one of the more unique offerings in our shop.


● Harvest: 1st week April 2021
● Location: Pinglin, New Taipei City, Taiwan
● Altitude: 400-600m
● Cultivar: Qing Xin

● Method: hand-picked
● Pluck: bud plus 1-3 leaves
● Oxidation: 10-20%
● Roast: medium-heavy

Tasting notes

● Dry leaf: twisted and wiry whole leaves, dark copper brown colour
● Wet leaf: unfurls partially, lightly bruised edges
● Liquor: amber colour, orange-yellow hue

● Dry leaf: prune, dried apricot, oak wood
● Wet leaf: fig jam, red beet
● Empty cup: dried mango

● Taste: apple compote, roasted green capsicum
● Aftertaste: orange rind, walnut, liquorice
● Mouthfeel: brisk, sharp, low-med astringency

shui xian water sprite flavour wheel by oolongtime

Brewing tips

The following tips are for your guidance.
Please feel free to adjust to taste.

Gongfu style
● 5g per 100ml at 90-95°C (195-205°F)
● 15-20 secs for 1st steep
● add 5-10 secs for each re-steep
● 5-8 steeps total

    Western style
    ● 1.2g per 100ml at 95°C (205°F)
    ● 2 mins for 1st steep
    add 30-60 secs for each re-steep
    2-3 steeps total

    What our customers say

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 3 reviews
    Ben Yeung
    Dried fruit

    Very accurate description on the flavour profile by the vendor. Dried fruit is the first thing that came to mind, sweet with a naturally smoky feel. Have not seen this tea offered by many other vendors and am happy to have found this version here!

    Jonas Schulz
    very nice and fruity

    never seen this tea before offered by a taiwanese vendor, so had to try it. really good!! i didnt think that roasting a baozhong would result in such a totally different tea. it sort of lost its flowery aroma and became fruity instead. unique and will order again!

    Nico Stager
    roasting is an art

    Amazing what a roast can do. It seems to caramelize some of the sugars? Would be keen to know what other teas this 'master roaster' has to offer.