Jin Guan Yin, 2010 Fall Anxi Oolong
Jin Gan Yin is a newer cross-bred/hybrid tea varietal currently being cultivated in the Anxi and Wuyi regions of Fujian province. The tea producers in Anxi and Wuyi process this varietal in the local manner, which leads to two dramatically different finished products. This version is grown and processed in Anxi, and it was processed like the other Anxi green style oolongs available on our site.
It is entirely probable that there are two (or more) different tea crosses being sold as “Jin Guan Yin” in the market today. According to the (Anxi county) growers of this tea, our Jin Guan Yin is a cross between Tie Guan Yin and Huang Jin Gui, which are two of Anxi’s most well known oolong varietals. In contrast, many of the Wuyi area grown/processed Jin Guan Yin teas are being marketed as a cross between Da Hong Pao, the most famous and expensive of the Wuyi varietals, and Tie Guan Yin.
When tasting this tea, it is apparent that this version of Jin Guan Yin is a cross between Tie Guan Yin and Huang Jin Gui. The initial flavor and aroma are penetratingly floral like a good green style Tie Guan Yin, but the liquor is generally thicker and more mouth coating than Tie Guan Yin alone. The aftertaste has the lingering sweetness & floral attributes of Huang Jin Gui. To our senses, this tea provides an excellent, well balanced & highly enjoyable drinking experience, especially for all the fans of green style oolong teas.
Fall Oolongs from Anxi are the most floral and aromatic of the seasonal harvests, and I simply couldn’t resist adding some of this past Fall’s crop to the catalog. I hope our green style Anxi oolong fanatics will enjoy this one as much as we have been.