Wuyi Rock Oolong Golden Water Turtle Shui Jin Gui 水金龟
Wuyi rock oolong, Yan Cha in Chinese, is produced in the Wuyi mountain prefecture of Fujian province, China. The Wuyi mountain area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its abundance of species and rich history. Wuyi rock oolong tea is so named because of its geographic characteristics, and almost all of its rocky cliffs grow tea.
Golden Water Turtle, Shui Jin Gui in Chinese, is one of the four original famous varietals of the Wuyi rock oolongs. A rare varietal that is not commonly grown and it is indigenous to the core-producing area of the Wuyi mountains. The locals call the historical core producing area as Zhen Yan, meaning the true rocks/cliffs, to distinguish from other areas that produce more inferiors rock oolong teas. This tea is made by master Wu who has the has a long twisted dark dry leaf, and is very fragrant with a fruity taste. It has a signature plum flavor, a clear liquor with a reddish hue, a creamy texture and a naturally sweet finish that lingers in your mouth and nose. It also has a hint of raisins and vanilla. A true legendary tea that will surely expand your horizon of Wuyi rock oolong. Packaged in small packs of 8.3g each.
Origin: Wuyi Mountain, Fujian province, China
Varietal: Shui Jin Gui
Harvest: May 2019, completed charcoal-firing in October 2019
Very fragrant, slightly smoky, has natural taste of plum, with notes of wood and roasted almond. Full bodied and creamy with a sweet aftertaste.
210oF, half pack of the dry leaf for 6 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 0.5-1 minute, up to 8 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
Gongfu brewing guide:
It is recommended to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of the tea.
Use a gaiwan or Yixing clay pot to enhance the aroma and taste, 1 pack of dry leaves for a medium sized Gaiwan or Yixing teapot ( about 120 ml / 4-5oz). When using gongfu brewing method, it is essential to warm up the brewing vessel so that the water temperature will not drop significantly before brewing and also rinse the tea before the first brewing. The recommended brewing time is 10s,10s,15s,15s, 20s. You may add 10-20 seconds steeping time for each subsequent infusions.
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