Our Wuyi Rock Tea (Wuyi Yancha) comes from the studio of Master Huang, whose family has been producing this special tea since the Qing Dynasty. He produces these teas from trees growing deep within the Wuyi World Heritage Reserve. Each year he produces a range of 'half-handmade' teas from younger bushes and employing machines in the tumbling, kill-green and rolling stages. He also produces a very limited quantity of fully handmade teas, from older and more special trees and processed completely by hand in the traditional manner. We feel very honoured to be able to make a selection of these special teas available to tea drinkers in the West.
Quick links to different varietals
Zhu Lian dan Cong
An aged medicinal flavour, with a strong qi.£1.60
The roast for this Shui Xian is of a medium strength, giving a tea that is incredibly smooth with elegant aroma and a 'rock flavour' that continues through many infusions. When young (< 2 years), the flavour of the roast is dominant in the flavour profiles. As the tea ages, the roast flavour subsides, with the characteristic dark fruit flavours becoming more pronounced and the mouthfeel becoming more smooth and complete. Constant throughout the years, teas display a thick and rich body.
Starting at: £0.50 per gram
This completely handmade Rou Gui comes from 60-80 year old trees, growing deep within the Wuyi Scenic reserve (ZhengYan). The leaves have been completely handprocessed and given 2 charcoal roasts.
The finish is a medium/strong roast with a deep, rich flavour and exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. The aftertaste is very long lasting with rich, sweet tones.
£0.68 As low as: £0.62
The flavour is very good. In it's first year, the flavour of the roast is still quite stong, but it mellows and evolves quickly over the coming years. The rich roasted flavour with chocolate, plum tones gives way through the infusions to reveal a smooth, rich 'rock' flavour.
Starting at: £0.32 per gram
Produced from ~60 year old trees growing deep within the Wuyi Scenic Reserve (ZhengYan), this tea is is one of Master Huang's half-handmade productions.
Starting at: £0.27 per gram
The qi is very pleasant, and the liquid is almost effervescent in the mouth, lingering pleasantly on the edges of the tongue and coating the mouth and throat.
Starting at: £1.08 per gram
A very refined and thick tea from old bushes
Starting at: £0.78 per gram
The tea is from within the Wuyi scenic reserve (ZhengYan) and half-handmade under the supervision of Master Huang. The trees are approximately 60 years old.
The tea is medium oxidised and medium roasted. At the time of writing (Nov 2011), there is still a slight edge to the roast, which will fade and balance out over the coming year. Underneath, there is a rich, complex tea which coats the mouth and throat evenly and had a long, lingering aftertaste which develops and evolves even 20-30 minutes after drinking. The qi is pleasant and comfortable.£0.35 As low as: £0.32
The leaves have been given light/med oxidation with a similar strength charcoal roast.
The tea is smooth in the mouth, with a med-thick body and floral/light fruit tones. The fragrance is lovely. There is a very slight dryness to the finish (written Jan 2012), a product of the charcoal roast. This will mellow over the coming months. The aftertaste is sweet and evolving.£0.98 As low as: £0.92
The leaves have been given med/light oxidation and a similar strength of roast, producing a tea that is very smooth, with pronounced sweet fruit flavours shining in the flavour and aroma, with a thick and full body.
The tea evolves well throughout the infusions with the thick body present throughout.
The roast is med-strong , with a similar level of oxidation. The result is a flavour and aroma of dark, rich fruits. At the time of writing (Jan 2012), there is a slight edge to the roast, which will balance and evolve over the coming months. The body of the tea is med-thick, coating the mouth and throat.
A lovely tea, with a full, rich mouthfeel.
Starting at: £0.80 per gram
Shui Jin Gui (translasted as Golden Water Turtle) is one of the 'Si Da MingCong' (4 famous bushes/varietals) of Wuyi Yancha. The oxidation and roast of this example are both relatively light, giving a tea that is lighter in colour, but with full floral/fruit flavours and unmistakable hints of pineapple-like flavour.
The tea has a medium thickness to the body and holds well throughout the infusions.
Starting at: £1.04 per gram
This fully handmade rock oolong is the pinnacle of Master Huang's yearly productions, and very limited in quantity. It is harvested from bushes grown from cuttings taken from the original Da Hong Pao trees and grown in Bei Dou Peak within the Wuyi Scenic Reserve.£1.70 As low as: £1.60