New addition to our Guan Yin selection in 2021, Gold Guan Yin 金观音 (Jin Guan Yin) is a different varietal from the more well know Tie Guan Yin tea bush.
This Gold Guan Yin Oolong tea, is made by our old friend Mr. Chen in the Gande region of Anxi county, Fujian (our main range of Tie Guan Yin is from Xianghua).
Our Jin Guan Yin is extremely easy to drink, with a smooth liquor and complex aromas. Expertly baked, the tea is excellent to enjoy now but will store well too.
Expiry / Use by: 50 years from date of harvest.
Description of Packaging: Tin - White
Tea Farmer: Mr Chen
Oolong teas typically involve many more steps during processing, than other tea types. Oolong teas predominantly originate from Fujian, Guangdong and Taiwan.
The appearance and flavours of oolong tea are diverse. Oolongs can range from fresh, floral styles like Tieguanyin, through to dark, almost black teas like many of the Wuyi mountain teas and our Baiyaqilan which have rich caramel notes. These characteristics are achieved through the complex processes including single or multiple finishing bakes which involves considerable skill and art on behalf of the producer.
Oolong tea varietals, the tea plants, vary considerably too from very fine leaves of Tieguanyin to Daye and Foshou varietals whose leaves can be the size of a hand.
Gande, Anxi, Fujian 福建省安溪县感德镇
Dai Yun mountain range 戴云山 runs to the South East of Gande, and is the main mountain range of central Fujian.
The average altitude in Gande is around 807m, with the highest peaks being around 1600m, and the lowest point at 390m. Due to volcanic activity around 200m years ago, the local soils are high in silica which according to research from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University yields some of the best soils for Tieguanyin cultivation.
Not so many years ago, getting to Gande took several hours from Anxi along windy roads. Now, a direct high-speed, elevated road means that within 40 minutes you can be in the tea fields. It is believed that the annual output of tea from Gande is around 4800t.
Brewing Oolong Tea in a Gaiwan
Vessel Capacity: 150 - 200ml
Tea Quantity: 8g (loose leaf)
Water Temperature: 95 - 98c
People / Servings: 4
Medthod: Rinse the tea with a little hot water and then discard it. Next refill the tea pot and follow the infusion times below. For a 120ml Gaiwan you can either keep back 1-2g or add all the leaf. If you add all the leaf, you may want to revise the brewing times slightly (downward) to allow for the fuller flavour. Please note using a Zisha teapot times should be revised downward to allow for time for the liquor to pour from the tea pot.
Infusion Times (in seconds):
1st = 30.
2nd = 30.
3rd = 40.
4th = 50.
5th = 70.
6th = 90.
7th = 120.
Please visit our online tea brewing guide, which includes different methods and infusion times for all tea types.