Master Xu’s Rou Gui (Shui Lian Dong) 肉桂 2019


A roasted yancha (rock tea) oolong from the inner Zhengyan area of the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian made by Master Xu, the maker and one of the guardians of the Da Hong Pao mother trees. This tea is processed from trees of the Rou Gui (Cassia) cultivar grown on a small pocket of land in Shui Lian Dong (Water Curtain Cave) where we usually get our Old Tree Shui Xian.

Master Xu processes the leaves for this Rou Gui entirely by hand – from the picking and sorting, through to the kill-green stage and rolling. The roasting is done carefully at a low temperature (around 75 degrees Celsius) over hours, and often re-roasted over the course of many months until he is satisfied.

We were very pleasantly surprised at the price of this Rou Gui as it holds up very well against teas we’ve tried from Master Xu at double the price. This is a dense, creamy yancha, with a lovely thickness in the mouth and peach juice sweetness. For those who want a dark oolong to drink regularly we would definitely recommend this tea.

Master Xu, Shui Lian Dong, Wuyishan, China

2 acres

Camellia Sinensis Sinensis, Rou Gui cultivar. Medium charcoal roasting. Harvested early Summer 2019.

90-95°C, 6g per 150ml. 5+ infusions.

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