Shuijingui 水金龟 - Zhengyan Yancha
One of the four most famous yancha (四大名枞 sìdàmíngcōng) together with Dahongpao, Tieluohan, and Baijiguan; Shuǐjīnguī 水金龟 - literally golden water tortoise - gained popularity in late Qing dynasty.
According to the legend, on a day of pouring rain the mother tree of this cultivar was eradicated from the soil where it originally grew, and washed down Wuyishan by the flood. A farmer managed to save the tree and replant it, and later named it Golden Water Turtle, to commemorate its origin and its round tea leaves full of exposed veins, resembling a tortoise shell.
The present tea comes from Zhengyan area, the core of Wuyishan park in Fujian province, and brings its identifying minerality, with the full intensity and warmth of the charcoal roasting that dried the thick leaves, making them gain a precious brightness. The dark amber liquor offers a smooth warmth that persists in multiple infusions, leaving a fragrant aftertaste of burnt caramel, cream, chestnut honey, and gardenias.
Origin: Wuyishan core, Fujian Province
Flush: Spring 2021
Format: 50 gr. signature package
Storage: the leaves can be stored in their original package or in ceramic vases. Avoid heat, light, and moisture.
Tea/Water Ratio: 1 gr. of tea every 25 ml of water
Rinse: before starting the infusion, rinse the leaves with a very fast washing in order to let them rehydrate and release a more intense brew. Gently cover the leaves with boiling water and pour it after a few seconds.
Brewing time: Begin with a 10-second brew. Increase with each successive brew as needed.
Water temperature: 100° C
Number of brews: 5-6
Tea/Water Ratio: 1 gr. of tea every 100 ml of water
Water Temperature: 100°C
Brewing time: 3 minutes
Quantity: 1 gr. of tea every 100 ml of water
Brewing: put the tea leaves in room temperature water and steep for 7-8 hours. Filter the liquor and drink within 24 hours.
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From the very first moment you put the leaves in your gaiwan you're able to feel the richness of its aromas. Once steeped, a prominent note of buttery cocoa, a complex and deep sweetness with a hint of green notes is what I experienced more often. Great overall, you get what you pay for.
Hi Edoardo, thanks for your kind review! This Shuijingui tea has been a great confirmation of Pengbao's skills, its producer, that could highlight all the marvellous potential of his leaves in a perfectly round and balanced taste. We were in love since we felt the very first aroma arising from the warm leaves!
Rock teas, in Chinese 岩茶 Yancha, are wulong teas that grow in the very heart of Wuyishan park, Fujian province.
This is a very humid area, whose main feature lies in its steep rocky hills: this kind of soil was praised by Lu Yu during Tang dynasty (618-907) as the most suitable to grow tea.
Rhymes of flavors
Wuyishan tea trees, and Fujian tea trees in general, are notably smaller than those of Yunnan. These bushes dig their roots in the rich rocky soils, and the hot sun rays warm the leaves during daytime, allowing them to absorb a peculiar mineral note, in Chinese 岩韵 Yanyun. Each rock tea has its own specific minerality, which can be intense and daring in the mouth, smooth and hidden in the aftertaste, or lingering in the palate and accompanied by a surprising floral bouquet.