Shui Xian is an Oolong tea that has a flowery aroma and is very flavorful. It originates from Wuyi mountain, FuJian Province China. This mountain is one of the more famous mountain for producing great quality Oolong tea. This tea is cultivated by every single tea farmer in that mountain and is widely drank among Chinese restaurants all over the world.
During the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) a new variety of Yan Cha was discovered when oolong tea was made from the leaves of an old tea bush discovered near the mouth of a cave dedicated to the Immortals of Daoism. The tea was found to have a unique flavor and healing properties (specifically in purging the body of heat and poisons). The name "Shui Xian" is often translated as "Narcissus" but, in fact, in the local dialect the word for "praying" sounds like the word "shui" (pronounced "shwee"), which means water. The real meaning of this famous tea's name, then, is "Praying to the Immortals" - in honor the place where it was discovered - a place of prayer to the Immortals.
The leaves are exceptionally long and fragrant and the taste is unique. At first it seems rather light, but the flavor creeps up on you - gradually fillig your whole mouth with rich, dark oolong flavor, followed by a long, smooth finish touched with a gentle hint of smokiness.
To Enjoy: Place one teaspoon per cup into an infuser, filter or teapot. Switch the kettle off, before it boils, when you hear the water rumbling. Add the hot, but not boiling, water and infuse for 3 minutes. Serve immediately or remove leaves to prevent spoiling.