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Other Types of Wuyi Yan Cha and north Fujian Daffodil

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part 1.Other Types of Wuyi Yan Cha

1.Tieluohan

Tieluohan is the earliest Famous Bush among Wuyi Yan Cha, growing in the Ghost Cave of Yanhuiyan in Mount Wuyi. Surrouned be steep cliffs on each side, a stream runs through this area. In recent years, small yields turn up in market. It is said that Tieluohan (literally iron arhat) was first discovered by a strong, dark-skinned arhat (monk) of Huiyuan Temlpe, and hence the name.

Features of Tieluohan

The compact leaf is bright green and brown, with a flowery fragrance. The tea liquid is golden, with a rich taste and sweet aftertaste. The brewed leaves are soft and semi-transparent with red edges.

2.Baijiguan

Baijiguan (literally “white crest”) was discoveres earlier than Dahongpao, in the period of MING danasty, in the outer Ghost Cave of the Fire Peak of Huiyuanyan (the hill at the side of the Wengong Temple behind Wuyi Palace). The soft, thin, light green and white new leaves contrast with thw bright and rich green of ripe leaves. The ripe leaves are curled and hairy, with a white crest which gives it its name.

Features of Baijiguan

among all the Wuyi tea trees, Baijiguan gas the most unique shape. The dried tea leaves are lighter in color but strong with its unique fragrance and Yan charm. The tea liquid is a vivid orange, rich in taste ans sweet aftertaste. The brewed leaves are thick and soft.

3.Shuijingui

Well-known since the Qing Dynasty, Shuijingui grows at the Half Rock of Tianyinyan’s Duge Village. According to legend, once, the fence around the tea garden in the Tianxin Temple collapsed due to heavy rain. The tea trees were carried by the flowing water to the Half Rock and took root there. Subsequently, the Leishi  Temple was built at this site and the tea was named “Shuijingui.” A legal warfare ensued from 1919 to 1920, with both temples claiming ownership of the precious Shuijingui. The Leishi Temple won the case because the treea were brought there by nature, and not stolen by them.

Features of Shuijingui

This red-barked tea tree with slightle curved branches produces long elliptical leaves, bright green in color. The leaves make good-quality tea.

4.Wuyi Cinnamon (Wuyi Rougui)

Wuyi Cinnamon is made from the tender leaves of cinnamon tea trees first discovered in Huiyuanyan. Today,through a major asexual reproduction drive, it is found in Shuiliandong, Sanyangfeng, Matouyan, Guilinyan and Jiuquxi. Wuyi Cinnamon has become the major breed of Wuyi Yan Cha and is produced on a large scale.

Features of Wuyi Cinnamon

The compact and curly dried tea leaves are oily brown and green with a sharp cinnamon flavor. The tea liquid is bright yellow, rich in taste and the brewed leaves are edged red. Its flavor and pungent taste are the most outstanding features making its uniqueness.

5.Wuyi Daffodil (Wuyi Shuixian)

Known as a premium quality Wuyi Yan Cha, Wuyi Daffodil was discovered was discovered before before Wuyi Cinnamon.

Features of Wuyi Daffodil

The dry tea is thick and symmetrical, twisted at the edges and is yellow at the tip, with a black middle and a red base. Wuyi Daffodil has the rich fragrance of orchids. The orange tea liquid is strong in taste with a sweet aftertaste, and the soft brewed leaves turn bright yellow with red edges |(described 30% red and 70% green).

part 2.North Fujian Daffodil

North Fujian Daffodil is the other main type of North Fujian Oolong Tea, which has fruitlike fragrance, and its yield is good. The tender leaves of the daffodil tea trees are the raw materials used for Oolong, and are named according to the palace of origin. The bar-shaped North Fujian Daffodil is made from daffodil growing in north Fujian province. The tea is “good-looking and tasteful,” with “incomparable fruity flavor.”

First discovered around Dahu Village of Shuiji Area of Tianyang County in North Fujian 100 years ago, the top-grade Oolong tea is now produced on a large scale at Jianou and Jianyang Counties, contributing 60-70% of the productin in North Fujian. Different from the traditional north Fujian barshaped Oolong Teas, today, mass rolling is an added process to compress and curl the leaves. North Fujian Daffodil and South Fujian Oolong are similar in shape.

Phoenix Daffodil

It is named “Shuixian” (Daffodil) due to its daffodil-like fragrance. It grows near the Zhuxiantao Cave, near Jianou and Jianyang regions.

Features of Phornix Daffodil

The leaves are compact and heavy, curled at the top, in the shape of a “gragonly head and frog leg.” Green in color, they look like a frog’s skin, and have the rich fragrance of orchids. The clear orange tea liquid tastes mellow and thick, with a sweet aftertaste. The thick but soft brewed leaved leaves are yellow, edged or spotted red.

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  • Oolong Corner 2014-5-16 09:25

    teamkrejados: I was told there is a tea beneficial to every animal of the zodiac. Oolong tea is supposed to be the best tea for tigers. Are you a tiger? I am!
    you mean zodiac? I am a Snake.

  • Oolong Corner 2014-5-16 09:24

    teamkrejados: I was told there is a tea beneficial to every animal of the zodiac. Oolong tea is supposed to be the best tea for tigers. Are you a tiger? I am!
    I was , but now I'm not. I'am trying to be a cat.

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