Shuijingui Oolong Tea (Golden Turtle)
Shuijingui Oolong Tea3
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A long-lasting AA grade Shuijingui tea from the Wuyi Mountain.
Another member of the Famous Tea Bushes, this tea ranks 4th after the Dahongpao (Red Robe), Tieluohan (Iron Arhat) and Baijiguan (White Rooster).
The word Shuijingui means Golden turtle. He became famous in 1919-1920 during a court dispute.
Imagine: you have a tea plant in your garden. One day, heavy rainfalls cause a mud slide. Your plant landed in the valley below.
Who is the rightful owner?
This is the story of Shuijingui. The original tea bush grew in a monastery called Sky Heart. After heavy rainfalls, he landed in the Orchid Valley.
In the Valley, under the care of the new owner, he absolutely blossomed. The leaves were a shiny green. The tea bush appeared like a turtle shell when seen from afar.
He became famous and was called the Golden Turtle.
In 1919, the monastery sued for ownership. Amazingly, the court ruled in favor of the new owner. The reason? The tea plant wasn't stolen. He landed on the Valley by a natural event.
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AA Grade (Spring 2014) - 49 grams
An excellent all-rounder, this tea has a rich, mellow taste and a lingering floral fragrance.
The dried leaves are a grayish brown, the liquor a red hue.
Some people say it is hard to pinpoint what makes him different. A turtle doesn't like to shout.
With the stamina of a turtle, even at AA grade, you can feel him in your palate for a long time.
This tea is available as part of the Wuyi 7-in-1 Sampler. You can also buy it separately on its own in this page.
By Nick (Aurora)
I received the tea yesterday. It is absolutely fantastic. I appreciate you sending it out so quickly.
I think the Shui Jin Gui and the Shui Xian are my favorites, but for the price the Shui Jin Gui almost keeps up with the Shui Xian, although the Shui Xian's leaves are much larger and nicer and the viscosity somehow seems a little thicker and with a deeper cherry syrup sweetness, but there is still much fruit sweetness in the Shui Jin Gui, but I notice more caramel and honey flavors in the Shui Jin Gui.
I really love your Yan Cha's and will be a customer for a long time to come and I am very grateful to you for providing such high quality tea to me and I hope to meet you one day, if I ever visit, which I hope to be someday soon.
By Nick (Aurora)
I really enjoy all of the Yan Cha selections from here but this value cannot be beat. The high quality tea oils that it contains are thick and the mouthfeel is exquisite. The roast is fairly high so the tea soup is dark amber colored and thick. The taste is somewhat reminiscent of tart cranberries with a sweet black cherry touch on the end. There is also a faint hint of dark caramel with a strong stone fruit or mineral Yan Yun.
My favorite aspect though, of this tea as well as all Yan Cha from here is the calm and tranquil Cha Qi (energy of the tea). I find it extremely serene for after dinner to help digest food or especially before meditation. This is a winner for my every day tea. Thanks!
By Nick (Aurora)
This is the tea that I drink every day. To be honest for the price this tea cannot be beat. Talk about burnt sugar and caramelized pears. This tea is on the medium-high roast level if I had to guess, but that doesn't take away the fact that it retains a full body. Once the roast mellows you have a quality Yan Cha, that cannot be beat anywhere from any vendor. Highly recommended for a delicious Autumn or Winter Tea!