Notes of osmanthus, dried lemon, and honeysuckle.
White tea from Fujian, China・April 2020・金觀音・Organic
Gold Guanyin, or jin guanyin, is a hybrid cultivar developed in southern Fujian’s Anxi province, created from grafted branches of huang jin gui on existing tieguanyin plants. The hybrid is meant to combine the gardenia and cream notes of tieguanyin with the fruit-like osmanthus notes of huang jin gui.
The hybrid is typically crafted into lightly oxidized rolled oolongs, but we’ve pivoted from tradition to continue our experiments with oolong cultivars crafted in the style of white tea. Gold Guanyin is produced by the same garden and tea maker responsible for our Purple Rose, and Gold Peony white teas.
Harvested while still quite tender, and spread on trays indoors, the leaves subject to a constant flow of air for 30 hours. This slow dehydration allows the tea leaves time to gently oxidize as they dry, drawing forth a round sweetness that is accentuated by the leaves' innate floral qualities.
The result is a rich blend of traditional white tea’s creamy sweetness, with distinct oolong aromatics of citrus, ramps, and honeysuckle.
Brew: 4 grams・150 ml・205° F・1 min
We suggest similar brew parameters for all white teas, using water that ranges between 195 - 208F, with a starting steep time of 1 minute. Extend steep time for larger volumes. A shorter steep time at lower temperatures produces a very bright and floral tea. Longer steep times and higher temperatures increases complexity and finish.
More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:
|Metric quantities||Ounce equivalent||Servings|
|30 grams (new size!)||1.05 oz.||5-8|
|60 grams||2.10 oz.||10-15|
|120 grams||4.20 oz.||20-30|
|240 grams||8.46 oz.||40-60|