The quality of the pick and sorting is apparent in the dry leaves as they are whole, uniform, though slightly on the larger side. The aroma off the warmed leaves is immediately very creamy, like warm vanilla with a slight touch of coffee. The brew is soft in the mouth, without any sour edges or bitterness. As is common to this varietal (same varietal as our Meihouwang) there is a toasted hazelnut or pecans taste that lingers in the edges of the brew. This tea is not as strongly roasted as the 2020 Rougui, and tends toward sweetness instead of earthiness. This is a very interesting tea to demonstrate the edges of what a Wuyi Rock tea can be.
This Wuyi Rock Oolong tea was made from an interesting tea cultivar. The Jinguanyin, Golden Goddess of Mercy, is a derivative cultivar of thee Tieguanyin, Iron Goddess of Mercy, and yet is cultivated for its more creamy and buttery notes instead of the overpowering floral bouquet. We were particularly drawn to this cultivar, as it is the same tea varietal as our beloved Meihouwang. Thus by offering this tea, we are able to offer a Wuyi Rock Tea and an Anxi Oolong made of the same tea varietal, but in very different ways. The first time we tried this tea, we found the Meihouwang notes immediately, and yet distinctly changed. Like looking into a brothers face.
Yanzi Keng is a small household production family with several plots of land scattered throughout the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Reserve and beyond.