No. 66, Huang Guan Yin


Huang Guan Yin is a fairly new cultivar, and a gracious bridge between traditional  roasted oolongs and green, lighter-style oolongs.  Fragrant and pleasing, this complex medium-roasted yan cha or 'rock oolong' enjoys subtle floral notes, the signature minerality of Wu Yi rock oolongs, spice, as well as a delicate fruitiness along with characteristic herbaceous tones and a touch of wildflower honey.  A light, silky texture informs the clear, amber-hued brew of this cliff tea, while a creamy finish lingers on the palate. Warming with a steady, pleasant energy. In short, this tea exudes elegance, confidence and resonates like a first chair cellist at Lincoln Center.

The Huang Guan Yin was developed a few decades ago through single-plant selection hybridization of the Tieguanyin and Huangdon (Huang Jin Gui) cultivars and articulates pleasing attributes of both.

An exceptional Pinzhong, Huang Guan Yin is sourced from a small family garden in the Wu Yi mountains of Northern Fujian. This tea is purchased in small quantities and is a limited edition selection.

The term 'Rock Tea', or Yancha (yan 'rock' cha 'tea') refers to oolong teas from the Wuyi Mountains. The terrain of this mountainous region is rocky, and the terroir imparts a distinct mineral note to the teas. 

Tasting Notes: Spice ~ Mineral ~ Herbaceous ~ Fruit ~ Woodsy ~ Creamy

Harvest: Liang Huo Peak, Wu Yi Shan, Fujian Province, China  - April 2022

  • Brewing Instructions


    • 1-2 tsp per 8oz/250ml of water 
    • 205ºF/95ºC (Bring fresh, cold spring water to a boil. Remove from heat, set aside for 45 seconds, and proceed.) 
    • Brew 4-6 minutes
    • Good for 3 infusions