Rou Gui - Gold Medal 2018

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Roasted, Smoke, Stonefruits
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by eastkyteaguy
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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Strong fragrance balanced by the clean charcoal roast. The lid of the gaiwan smells sweet while the thick soup clings to the throat. This tea can really take the heat; reboil the water between infusions.

The name “Gold Medal Rou Gui” is new for our shop. This tea was produced by my uncle who produced the 2017 Rou Gui that I loved so much. This year he felt lucky and entered it in a local competition. He took home the gold medal and has since sold the whole batch, but did save a small amount for us.

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I’m catching up on my tea reviews.

I like trying different teas that might not be in my preferred flavor profile.. Trying different things is an exercise in growth. It lets you understand WHY you like something, appreciation for those differences, as well as teaching that differences aren’t bad. Just like life.

This tea is not in my preferred flavor profile (i.e. I do not enjoy very strong smokey/roasted flavors such as lapsong souchong), but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It was a good look into how you can really make something balance out without overwhelming the palette with a single flavor …..I’m looking at you, micro-breweries, that make IPAs too damn hoppy!

Flavors: Smoke/Roast/Charcoal followed by a mild sweetness of cooked stone fruit (apricot? peach?). The smokey/roasted/charcoal notes is ALMOST overpowering but is countered by the sweet of of the fruit. It’s a viscous liquid that coats the tongue with little to no astringency. It has a very clean finish.

For anyone who enjoys the smokey roasted flavors, this is a really good tea to try. This tea brings those out without overwhelming the drinker, giving them a good look at how these flavors can be balanced out.

Brewing info:
Tea: 5.02 grams
Water: 150 ml
Temp: 200-201 F
Brewing time: 20-20-30-45
Vessel: Porcelain Gaiwan

Flavors: Roasted, Smoke, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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