What Is Wu Yi 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 Rui Xiang

Origin: Shi Zi Feng, Wu Yi Shan mountains, Fu Jian Province, China (~300-500m elevation) 

Sharp and dainty, aromatic and calm, Rui Xiang is a vigorous cultivar that joyfully and gently dances on your palate. Ru Xiang is a tea of subtle indulgences, one that accompanies you during your daydreams.

Rou Gui meets Qi Lan

This cultivar is spicy like Rou Gui but more approachable; it’s floral like a Qi Lan but is not demanding.

Tasting the 2021 Vintage

Sharp and dainty, aromatic and calm this vintage is complex and comforting.

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 question and taste the tea together with our community.

Example Curriculum

  Rui Xiang, 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.