Shuiliandong Rougui 2018 (Zhengyan Yancha)

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This Rou Gui comes from the Zhengyan protected area of Wuyishan. Due to the impervious nature and small size of this area, the tea produced here is not a large amount. Zhengyan tea is considered exceptional because the unique terroir can enrich tea with a strong “Yan Yun” flavor: a hard to describe uniue flavor literally translated as “melody of the cliffs”. Rougui is considered the best cultivar to express the yun flavor.

This tea has a medium level of charcoal roasting and is not recommended to inexperienced Yancha drinkers as the qualities that make it special might not be noticeable especially if one is not already familiar with the character of Rougui. To get familiar with the Rougui basic character we recommend to try first our Rougui 2018 and then come back to Zhengyan tea to see what makes this a more complex tea.

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Late afternoon session from earlier in the week! I still can’t get over how intense and amazing the dry leaf of the Rougui smelled; it was syrupy saturated plums, balsamic reduction, red wine, cinnamon, and lilac notes at their finest. Seriously, though – that rich balsamic aroma was so crystal clear and drool worthy!! It’s delicious steeped too; quite fruity leaning with lots of brandied plum & stewed stonefruit notes alongside elements of leather, cinnamon, nutmeg, lilac, orchids, dark roasted grains, clove, and damp potting soil. The finish is particularly sweet and fruity, hardening back to that winey balsamic aroma but less acidic and vinegar leaning. It’s unique and familiar, all at once – basically, I am in love.

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