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What is Yan Cha?

This region is the pinnacle of Min Bei (northern Fujian) Wu Long. The mantra for Yan Cha is “rock bone and floral fragrance.”

While all Wu Longs are floral, the "rock bone" of Yan Cha refers to a highly desired "molten stone" mouth feel and long mineral finish. The leaves are heavily roasted to achieve a signature dark and bold aroma and taste.

The most prized Yan Cha comes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wu Yi Shan. Within the limit of this scenic region, the terroir is called Zheng Yan (True Cliff).

Learn more about Yan Cha Wu Long with our Tea Fundamentals.

History of Rou Gui

Origin: Tao Shu Ke, Wu Yi Shan, Fu Jian Province, China (~300-500m elevation)

Rou Gui has been the hottest varietal of Zheng Yan (true cliff) teas in recent years and demands a higher price than most other varietals. This location is the "Crown Jewel" of Zheng Yan. Hugely popular in the 1980s, this varietal replaced many Ming Cong in the Zheng Yan area and is now the signature varietal of Yan Cha.

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Cinnamon Profile

Rou Gui is the Chinese name for Chinese cinnamon, which has a distinctive spicier profile compared to cinnamon commonly used for desserts. While Rou Gui is a robust and aggressive varietal, a good Rou Gui will always have high clarity in its body and notes and have hints of cream in the lingering aroma.

Tasting the 2021 Vintage

Sharp and pristine, with a persistent chiming finish, this Rou Gui is dashing with the signature assertion one loves about a Rou Gui, but with grace and lightheartedness that breaks this cultivar’s reputation free of simply being aggressive.

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Share Our Passion

If you love this guided tasting, join us monthly with our Educational Tea Club! We deep dive into two teas a month over Zoom. You'll be able to participate live and ask questions and taste the tea together with our community.

Example Curriculum

  Rou Gui, Tao Shu Ke, Spring 2021
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What You'll Need

To get the most out of this session, we advise having a gong fu brewing set up ready to brew along with. A Gai WanFairness PitcherStrainer, and Three Sip Cup is recommended.

You can purchase a full gong fu brewing kit here.

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