Reviews

Peony Tea Shop Wuyi Zhengyan Rougui

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, somewhat twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method:  porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: amber

I’ve never been into Yancha but ever since working at +Tea Drunk I’ve developed a penchant for Rou Gui. +Peony Tea S. has yet to steer me wrong so I dove into this one readily. I usually do a quick rinse with cliff teas and it was definitely helpful with this one. I tasted the rinse and it had an interesting floral component that I was not expecting. The first round after the rinse was much darker and roasty with subtle hints of spice. It had a bit of the “cliff tea bump” but wasn’t overly astringent. Although this one wasn’t as heavily roasted as other examples that I’ve tried, it still had the comforting quality that I love so much. The name Rou Gui translates as cassia, otherwise known as Chinese cinnamon. This is a tea that really shines best when prepared in a gaiwan, sans milk and sugar. Cliff teas can be a bit pricey and this one is no different. I would most likely reserve this one for special occasions.

Wuyi Zhengyan Rougui sample provided by Peony Tea Shop.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.