Rou Gui "Cinnamon" Medium Roast Oolong
First flush spring leaves are picked and roasted for this classic "rock" or "cliff" style tea which comes from the Wu Yi Mountains in Fujian Province, China. This stunning area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the abundance of different species and cultural importance of its tea growing tradition.
Rou Gui translates literally to cinnamon or cassia. The dry leaves give a distant impression of the spice and once they are rinsed it becomes more apparent. Short gong fu-style steepings produce a clear and peach-hued liquor. This oolong earns its nick name with magnificent almond milk, toast, and cinnamon flavors that persist in the mouth after each sip. We find ourselves picking up the gaiwan again and again to behold this mesmerizing tea.
The roasted oolongs such as Rou Gui, age very well and will deepen in flavor over the course of 2 to 5 years if stored well. We enjoy tasting the differences in this tea as time goes on.
Spring 2018 crop.
- Oolong tea should be given a 10-15 second rinse with the same temperature water as used for brewing. 195˚ F water temperature.
- Use 1 teaspoon per 8oz. of filtered water
- Recommended first steeping of 30 seconds. Add 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion up to 3 minutes.
Tea brewing is meant to be a joyful exploration. There are no hard and fast rules. Experiment with the quantity of tea that you use, and steeping times. Enjoy discovering what your preferences are. They may change day to day.