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"Yellow Goddess" Huang Guan Yin Oolong Tea



A young monk once came to the wise tea master Lao Cha and said:

– Sifu, the fragrances that are coming from your hut are teasing my nose and my mind! They are so enchanting that I can't fall asleep after the long hours of meditation! Sometimes I feel the aroma of orchids, sometimes the wind brings me the fragrance of milk and sometimes... sifu, do you drink wine???

– You'll be surprised, my friend, but all this multiplicity of aromas is coming from one single tea: the Huang Guan Yin "Yellow Goddess" Oolong! (And, of course, I don't drink wine!)

Only a handful of tea farmers produce the "Yellow Goddess" Huang Guan Yin Oolong Tea, and it's not easy to come across. Possessing the traits of both "Iron Goddess" Tie Guan Yin and the Golden Osmanthus oolongs, it is known for its vibrant and long-lasting fragrance and striking, multi-layered taste. Indeed, Huang Guan Yin's trademark is the highly intensive floral aroma. The Tea Research Institute of Fujian Academy of agricultural sciences created it by cross-breeding Tie Guan Yin and Huang Dan. The "mother" and the "father" both cultivars are known for their distinctive floral fragrances. It doesn't end there, though. Huang Guan Yin can also have a fruity component, depending on its degree of oxidation and roasting. It is very versatile. The one produced in Northern Fujian undergoes traditional wood roasting, while Southern Fujian usually uses the Tie Guan Yin tea-making process. Therefore both will have a distinctive difference in taste and aroma profile. However, a common denominator is the highly intensive floral aroma, with notes of orchid and jasmine.

Unfortunately, lots of this tea on the market undergo just one roasting, or it's just heavily dehydrated. You may recognize it by the heavy floral fragrance. However, the tea soup will be somewhat thin upon steeping, and there will be a sharp drop in flavor after merely a couple of brews. This tea is not suitable for aging.

Our Huang Guan Yin undergoes a traditional five times roasting on a wood charcoal fire. This high mountain oolong produces a clear and transparent orange-yellow tea soup. It is sweet and rich, with a touch of spice and a deep, floral aroma. The taste of this tea evolves, getting more profound and complex with each infusion. Pleasantly tangy at the beginning, soon giving way to sweetness and turning gentle and mild closer to the end. It's a tea that helps you focus and relax at the same time. You will feel its strong and lingering aftertaste blooming in your mouth long after the tea ritual has ended.


Place of Origin: Jian’ou, Fujian Province, China
Harvest date: April 2020
• Roast: Medium. Charcoal roasted
Aroma: Strong orchid fragrance 
Taste: Roasted, with a delightful floral taste and mineral notes
Cultivar: Huang Guanyin Tea Tree


Brewing guidelines:

         212℉ / 100℃ 

 1g per 50ml   3-5min

      1g per 20ml   10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Ed Vatza
Each infusion is a new adventure

My wife and I tried this tea for the second time this morning going gong fu style and did maybe 8 infusions (lost count). Each seemed just a little different from the one before. Initial aromas were roasted and very floral... I said orchid but my wife said hyacinth. At least we agreed on floral. Roasted aroma/taste also came through strongly early on and dissipated over time as mineral notes took front and center. The liquor color remained strong throughout all infusions (all at 190F with lengthening brew times beginning at 15 seconds. Finally the tea passed the Barbara test. If she drinks it without once suggesting it may need some sweetener aka Splenda, well that's a good thing. And she didn't!

'the Barbara test' – love it! Glad it passed!

Aaron Cox
Gorgeous taste

This tea surprised me by becoming my favorite out of all the teas in my cupboard. My first cup caught me off guard and I wasn’t sure what to think, but in no time at all I was coming back to it more frequently than anything else. Its rich golden color does a good job of representing its flavor: the crisp mineral taste combined with the fragrant brightness makes it taste like the way the fresh air smells when the sun comes out after a long rain. Whether I drink it first thing in the morning, after a long day of work, or just anytime during my downtime, it’s easily become my go-to “happy place” tea.

Sweet and a little roasted.

Nice, sweet taste. The aroma kind of reminds me of dried fruit with a little bit of roastiness. The sweetness also holds up to a second infusion, though less intense.

nice oolong

taste is like a mix between tie guan yin and da hong pao. very rich. nice mouthfeel. sweet finish.

Ben J
Better than TgY!

In comparison to "Iron Goddess", "Yellow Goddess" is more sweet and the roast is much more balanced. Brewing up some of this oolong I was given a perfect blend of ALL the qualities I look for in a tea. There was the minerals that are typical to rock oolongs. There was a caramel candy sweetness, a fruity peach taste, and a bouquet of flowers. Although I can't see this tea being on my top 3 list, it is sure a keeper!