Wuyi Rock Oolong Rou Gui Zhen Yan Swallow's Cave Yan Zi Ke 燕子窠肉桂
Plum, Peach, Rhubarb, Woody - Floral Fragrance, Rock Bone
The tea is from "Swallow's Cave", located in Wuyi Mountain's prestigious core producing area, which locals call "Zhen Yan," meaning true rocks. Rou Gui has distinctive cinnamon flavor which complements an underlying taste of dark roasted stone fruits. It is said there are a total of 36 "rocks", and 72 "caves", or sub-areas that are surrounded by rocks or cliffs where the tea is growing or cultivated. The dry leaves are dark brown, moderately oxidized and fire-roasted over charcoal. This tea is floral and fruity, has notable hints of plum, peach, rhubarb and wood. It has noticeable Hou Yun and Hui Gan, the sensation of a salivation in the back of your throat and mouth, which is an attribute of high quality tea. This tea surely demonstrates the definitive charming essence and sensory pleasures of Wuyi rock oolong, famously described as "Floral Fragrance, Rock Bone".
Origin: Wuyi Mountain, Fujian province, China
Harvest: Harvest May 2021, traditionally charcoal-fired roasting completed Nov. 2021
Grade: Zhen Yan swallows' cave
Caffeine level: Medium
Distinctive cinnamon notes that complement an underlying taste of dark roasted nuts and fruits. Full bodied, very floral and fruity, smooth, has hints of peach and stone fruits, with a satisfying aftertaste and strong huigan.
210oF, 4 grams (2 tbsp) 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. Also suggest to use porcelain or clay teapot instead of glass tea pot.
Gongfu brewing guide:
It is recommend 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, usually 7-8 grams (3 tbsp) of dry leaves for 120 - 150 ml (3.5-5 oz) of water. 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. The recommended brewing time is 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s. You may add 10 seconds steeping time for each subsequent infusions.
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