A disciple asked the wise, and very old, tea master Lao Cha, of his secret to longevity.
Golden Water Turtle — he answered, offering a small cup of tea.
Puzzled, the disciple took a sip. The unique Yan Yun, the minerals, the notes of heart-warming chocolate, and the sweet roasted taste... all enveloped his body and soul. The disciple had no further questions.
The Wuyi Mountain region is a place of 39 peaks, 99 valleys, and a river with nine bends. Though not incredibly high, fog and mist always shroud the mountain peaks. The moisture gets accumulated on the rocky sides of the mountains. It then flows down these rocks to the roots of the tea plants, enriching them with minerals and creating the unique Yan Yun (岩韵 – "rock rhyme") taste, for which "Golden Water Turtle" Shui Jin Gui Oolong Tea is famous.
Golden Water Turtle, otherwise known as Shui Jin Gui, is a famous Wuyi Oolong tea, one of the "four big and famous bushes" among the Northern Fujian teas - the other three are Da Hong Pao, Tie Luo Han, and Bai Ji Guan. This Cliff Tea is roasted three times over a traditional wood charcoal fire, and the result is an incredibly smooth yancha with a medium roast. Gently submerge it in boiling water for a translucent, orange-red tea soup with an unexpectedly sweet and mellow taste, unlike other medium roasted Fujian oolongs. Peach, exotic flowers, and dark chocolate gently swirl around the palate, gradually revealing woody and frankincense core notes in a taste that's comforting and refreshing at the same time. The Fujian oolongs are very enduring - choose a high-quality one, and you can get an effortless dozen of brews, gongfu style, making your way through a kaleidoscope of flavors, as they gradually evolve and transform with each subsequent brew.
The legend of the Golden Water Turtle dates way back when Wuyi mountain dwellers lived high on the slopes, cultivating delicious tea bushes. One day a strong storm washed down the tea bushes, along with clay and rocks, onto another farmland. Once the storm passed, the tea bush growing from the mud resembled a swimming longevity turtle, hence the Water Turtle name. Today, only three original tea bushes remain. While these bushes are subject to strict protective measures, and no one can harvest their tea leaves, our Shui Jin Gui is descending from them.
The prime Wuyi Shan area, Zheng Yan, where this tea is from, is a National Reserve. The use of pesticides is prohibited. Naturally, the tea coming from the region is organic. After harvest, the Wuyi yancha goes through an intricate and prolonged harvesting process, where the tea farmers must be fully present and alert to create a perfectly balanced tea.
212℉ / 100℃
6g per 500ml 3-5min
6g per 120ml 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion