Jin Guanyin (Golden Guanyin)

Anxi Wulong Tea 2020

Harvested only on a sunny day for the richest aroma and greatest complexity, Jin Guanyin yields buttery and intense fruity-floral aromatics and a bright yellow-green infusion. Made in the modern lightly roasted Anxi pearl style with a very clean and smooth brew and a very light yet full flavor.

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Tea Origin
Anxi County, Fujian Province, China

Tea Bush
Hongxin Tieguanyin (Red Heart Tieguanyin)

Tea Master
Zhang Shuiquan and Zhang Qingjian

Harvest Time
Early May

Picking Standard
Zhong kai mian

Tieguanyin is one of the famous cultivars used for Wulong (partially oxidized) tea. Traditionally this wulong tea was made with its leaves dried into a long and open shape and heavily roasted with a dark color (much like Wulong tea from Wuyi Mountain or Chaozhou) but in the last two decades most Tieguanyin has been crafted into a denser ball-like shape with less roasting and oxidation, making for a greener colored wulong tea.

All of our Tieguanyin is made purely from the original Tieguanyin cultivar, and not blended with other local cultivars, as is the case with most other so called “Tieguanyin” on the market today. The leaves used to craft this tea are grown in a higher (above 1000 m) mountain region that is far removed from Anxi city, where most Tieguanyin is made. In this high mountain region, the environment is relatively untouched and free from pollutants, and as as a result, the regions tea naturally carries a light wild flower aroma.

We purchase tea directly from the Zhang family of farmer-producers. The Zhang family only harvests 20 days out of the Spring season, beginning after the first week of May in what is considered the “later Spring.” Their picking date is naturally a bit later than other farms, simply because their high elevation farm is colder and their tea bushes react to the cold by yielding their leaves less quickly. When tea is finally ready for harvest, the leaves from the sunniest day of picking are put aside for a special tea – Golden Tieguanyin. Clear sunshine is considered ideal picking conditions for leaves to be made into wulong tea. The warmth of the sun on the leaves excites molecular activity within them, increasing their flavor and aroma.

As result, Golden Tieguanyin is uncommonly intense. Even the aromatic richness of its dry leaf stands out among other Tieguanyin. When brewed it yields buttery and fruity aromatics and a bright yellow-green infusion. Its flavor is full bodied with both sweet and sour notes – the tell tale character of true Tieguanyin leaves. Golden Tieguanyin is a tea to be enjoyed over multiple infusions, each infusion unveiling new layers of its flavor.

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

Jin Guanyin (Golden Guanyin) 2020 brewing guidelines

Teaware: 12 oz. glass, porcelain or yi xing clay pot
Amount: ¾ Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 212°F (boiling) filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 2 minutes. The leaves are good for 6 infusions.