One of my favorite cultivars and one of my favorite teas, Shui Xian rock tea has a special place in my heart! Starting off with a sublime chocolate and berry dry leaf aroma, this Shui Xian rendered a gorgeous bright orange liquor bearing hints of lilac flowers. The flavor had a solid granite base with overtones of sweet floral, slight tartness on the sides of the mouth, and a caramel spiciness that began to emerge in later infusions. The mouthfeel has the elusive ‘shui’ (water-like) element combined with a slight creaminess. Floral notes can even be enjoyed in the bottom cup aroma.