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"Yellow Goddess" Huang Guan Yin Wuyi 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" Cliff Tea! (And, of course, I don't drink wine!)


The Wuyi Mountain region is the place of 39 peaks, 99 valleys, and a river with 9 bends. The mountain peaks, though not incredibly high, are always shrouded with fog and mist. The moisture gets accumulated on the rocky sides of the mountains and then flows down these rocks, to the roots of the tea plants, enriching them with minerals and creating the unique Yan Yun (“rock rhyme") taste for which "Yellow Goddess" Huang Guan Yin Oolong Tea is famous.


Only a handful of tea farmers produce the "Yellow Goddess" Huang Guan Yin Wuyi 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 wood charcoal fire. This high mountain oolong produces a clear and transparent orange-yellow tea soup. It is sweet, 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 (Wai Shan), 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℃ 

 6g per 500ml   3-5min

      6g per 120ml   10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion

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