Thursday, May 20, 2021

Tea Review: Rou Gui Oolong Tea (Teavivre)

Rou Gui Oolong Tea
Type: Oolong
Origin: China, Fujian Province, Jian'ou City
Product Description:
Rou Gui, meaning Cinnamon in English, is made with leaves picked from tea plants grown along the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province. As a type of high-aroma tea, it belongs to the well-known Wuyi “rock tea” family. This Rou Gui oolong from TeaVivre strongly holds the baked aroma and flavor on both the dry leaves and the tea liquid; from the first steep, the aroma fills our nose, and when sipping the tea, the namesake cinnamon aroma comes first, to be followed by a strong floral, fruity note. The taste and aroma blend perfectly together, creating a sweet and fragrant yet thick tea, with a smooth, sweet aftertaste.

When drinking it you will find that this Rou Gui has a spicy aroma to it; this is what we call its cinnamon aroma, the characteristic of the tea and the most essential characteristic. Even after swallowing this aroma lingers in your mouth.
Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3-4 minutes

The dry leaf aroma has notes of pepper, roasted nut shells, cinnamon, and dark brown bread.

The liquor is dark red with an aroma of roasted nut shells, caramelized sugar, and a hint of cinnamon.  The taste has notes of roasted nut shells, dark brown bread, and cinnamon with a long finish.

While this is an older sample, it brewed beautifully with depth of flavor and aroma throughout three steepings when prepared western style with a cupping set and gongfu style with a smaller brewing vessel and hotter water (208° F).  

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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