Shui Hsien tea (Chinese: ; pinyin: shuǐ xiān chá; pronounced [ʂwèi ɕjɛ́n ʈʂʰǎ]), meaning narcissus or water sprite, is an oolong tea from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province, China with a heavy honey fragrance. Cheaper varieties are grown elsewhere in the province and have a burnt taste and are very popular with Chinese restaurants. The infused color is very dark brown showing that the tea is a very dark Oolong. This tea is also grown in Taiwan.

Shui Hsien
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Other namesShuixian, Shui Xian, Water Sprite, Sacred Lily
OriginMount Wuyi, Fujian Province, China

Quick descriptionHeavy Wuyi tea, the darkest of the dark oolongs from Wuyi.

Temperature90–100 °C



  • Lao Cong Shui Hsien (老欉水仙茶): A Shui Hsien made from old bushes that may be as old as 200 years. The taste and appearance will signify it as an even darker Oolong.
  • Aged Shui Hsien (老欉水仙茶): A Shui Hsien that may have been aged for a few decades and rebaked.
  • Zhangping Shui Hsien (漳平水仙茶): A Shui Hsien that grown in Zhangping, Fujian Province.

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