Huang Jin Gui Golden Osmanthus Oolong (黃金桂烏龍茶) is one of the four famous lightly oxidised oolongs from Anxi County of Fujian Province in China. It is one of the most floral oolong teas from the area, having a verdant and floral character reminiscent of sweet osmanthus blossom. This particular batch is from the autumn 2017 harvest.
Huang Jin Gui (黃金桂), which translates as “golden osmanthus”, gets its name from the floral character that is said to resemble the scent of sweet osmanthus flowers. This oolong should not be confused with other teas that are actually scented with osmanthus flowers. This tea, while being quite floral, is unscented. The floral profile only hints at osmanthus blossom fragrance.
Anxi style oolongs are generally lightly oxidised, retaining many of the delicate floral aspects that are closer to a light green tea without the grassiness or astringency. This type of oolong has become known as a ‘jade’ or ‘green’ oolong due to the light appearance and colour that is reflected in both the leaves of the tea as well as the light coloured liquor.
Traditionally, many Anxi oolongs, while being lightly oxidised, would undergo heavy roasting to produce a much stronger roasted profile. These traditional roasted oolongs have fallen out of favour as there has been a rise in popularity of the unroasted light green oolongs both in China and in the West. In large part this is driven by trends among the younger generations in China. Also these lighter oolongs tend to be much easier to brew while having a much more easily approachable and appreciable taste. They are comparable to the lightly oxidised oolongs of Taiwan, such as Jade and Four Seasons, which are also gaining in popularity.
Huang Jin Gui Golden Osmanthus Oolong has a low degree of oxidation, resulting in a light liquor with a brilliant floral profile. The dark and light green coloured rolled leaves open up when brewed to produce a light yellow coloured liquor. True to the name of this tea, it has a wonderfully floral and verdant aroma reminiscent of osmanthus blossom. It has a lovely character that is light and super smooth, without any astringency. The flavours have sweet buttery notes of verdant florals and asparagus. It has a fresh and clean aftertaste with just a touch of tartness. A refreshing tea that is great for working and focus.
We suggest brewing at 90°C for around 3 minutes according to your taste. It can be brewed around 3+ times depending on your taste preferences.
You can discover all four famous Anxi oolongs in our online shop: classic Tie Guan Yin Iron Goddess of Mercy, crisp and zesty Mao Xie Hairy Crab, refreshingly floral Ben Shan Source Mountain and the most floral Huang Jin Gui Golden Osmanthus.