jin guan yin

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makes 5 cups
171¢ per cup
Fujian, China
Ye Hong
May 2019
jin guan yin
Jin Guan Yin or Golden Guan Yin is produced by grafting tie kuan yin and huang jin gu oolong bushes, offering the best of both worlds and a well-balanced oolong. Here the cup is quite layered with the floral notes of wild orchid, osmanthus blossoms, and a hint of mineral with a buttery yellow liquor.

About the leaves:

Grown at 800-1200 meters above sea level, our 2019 Jin Guan Yin is hand-plucked in May from 12-year-old trees. The 7-8 cm long leaves have a one bud and 2-3 leaf composition. They are then roasted at around 65-80 degrees celsius.

This tea contains a moderate level of caffeine | Steep at 195° for 2-3 minutes.

Fresh From Origin

It is believed that tea has been growing in the Fujian area for over 1600 years. The origin place of many important production methods, Fujian is famous for oolong, wuyi yancha, lapsang souchong, and fuzhou jasmine teas. In fact, the processing techniques for three major classes of tea (oolong, white and black) were all developed here.

Fujian is particularly important in the world of oolongs which come from two major regions, Anxi in the south and the Wuyi Mountains in the north. Anxi is the origin of Tie Guan Yin, while Wuyi is responsible for Da Hong Pao and other styles. Wuyi is also famous for its Bohea black tea, and its involvement in the Boston Tea Party.

Free Sample Offer

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Ye Hong

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I have worked with tea for almost 20 years. I was born into a tea family. I followed my parents to the tea garden and factory very often when I was a little girl. I had a great interest in tea when I was very young. So, I would like to work in tea after finishing high school at 19.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
I go out every morning at 8 and finish around 3pm. In the afternoon I will go to the primary factory to send my leaves and get my payment. The tea area is in the mountains. It takes me long time to work outside because I need to climb mountains.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
My favorite part of growing tea is plucking. I could not say I am a good farmer, but I do love plucking. I love the tender leaves and pleasant smell while plucking. I don't feel tired with the wonderful tea smell.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
Anxi is a mountain area. Sometimes plucking is not easy in the mountains because some roads are not very safe. I had bad experience twice. I fell and sprained my ankle many years ago. So I must be careful now.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Please use gongfu tea set or yixing ceramic teapot to brew the tea. Use hot water with temperature at 100 degrees celsius. I am sure you will get a wonderful cup of tea.