Saturday Morning Tea

Huang Jin Gui Oolong Dry Leaf 11-23-13

Good morning, dear tea friends! Life has taken a busy turn lately, and it’s been challenging to find the time for my tea posts. I apologize for my absence last week! Ok, on to tea….

This morning’s cuppa is a Chinese Oolong from Anxi County in Fujian province. It’s called Huang Jin Gui Oolong. Huang Jin Gui translates to “Golden Osmanthus”, which refers to this tea’s intense floral aroma and flavor, as well as its rich gold color in the cup.

Huang Jin Gui Oolong Steeping 11-23-13

The leaves have been oxidized lightly (under 20%), like a Jade Oolong, and loosely rolled into roundish, crumply shapes.

I steeped for 4 and a half minutes, and the leaves unfurled and swelled open in the 190F water.

Huang Jin Gui Oolong Wet Leaf 11-23-13

Here is one of the accordion shaped leaves after steeping. Most of the leaves were huge and still intact.

Huang Jin Gui Oolong Teapot 11-23-

The golden yellow tea liquor is quite fragrant, filling my kitchen with the scent of flowers. Mmmm….

Huang Jin Gui Oolong Tea Bowl 11-23-13

The smooth flavor is rich and buttery feeling on my tongue, with pronounced floral notes that linger well into the finish.

The last of the dried leaves are rattling like bones off the trees, and the wind blows colder as winter approaches near. This tea is perfect for lifting my spirits with the sweet scents of spring flowers.

Have a lovely week and a happy Thanksgiving!

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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