Shuilian Cave Rougui 2018 水帘洞肉桂
The magnificent Wuyi Mountains, a protected Nature’s Reserve in Fujian Province, is home to the some of the most treasured and highly sought after oolongs of China. An UNESCO World Heritage site, it famously consist of 36 peaks, 72 caves and 99 cliffs.
The oolong from Wuyi Mountain is called yancha 岩茶 “cliff or rock oolong”. An extremely rare oolong, the true cliff yanchas are from the limited number of tea trees located within the Nature’s Reserve, and harvested according to ancestral rites on the rocky slopes of the magnificent cliffs.
In the year 1619 during the Ming Dynasty, Xu Biaoran, a native of Wuyi Mountain, compiled and published a book named “Wuyishan Zhilue”. In the four-volume book, he painted an astonishing whole picture of the magnificent Wuyi Mountain. The original painting, called “Wuyi Scenic Spots” is now in the collection of Waseda University in Japan. In the painting, he painted many of the most famous peaks, caves and cliffs, including Shuilian Cave, Matou Cliff, Sanyang Peak, Dawang Peak, Tianxin Cliff, etc.
This extraordinary true cliff Rougui is from the legendary Shuilian Cave 水帘洞 in the Wuyi Mountain Nature’s Reserve. It is an excellent expression of the Rougui varietal: extremely bull bodied, robust and intense. It has pronounced peach notes and a long lingering floral aftertaste.
To fully enjoy the experience of this tea, I highly recommend using a high grade porcelain gaiwan for brewing. After each infusion, make sure to smell the inside of the lid of your gaiwan with this simple technique: short and quick puffs of air in and out of your nose. The aroma changes dramatically with each puff of air in and out of your nose: woody, musky, mineral, floral, sweet.
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The key to brewing this tea is to use boiling water, and quick infusions, starting at 10 seconds.
|Steep time||10 - 60 sec|
|No. of infusions||8|