Wu Yi Rock Tea is a special subcatergory of Oolong Teas grown in the vicinity of Wuyi Mountains in northern Fujian province, China. Wuyi Mountian is a UNSECO World Heritage site, internationally recognized and protedcted for its biological diversity and significance as an ancient cultural site. The Wuyi region has historically been one of the major centers of tea production in Fujian province and globally. The name of Rock Tea is because of the distictive terroir of the mountainsides where they are grown. Tea bushes are grown in the rocky, mineral rich soil. Because of the lower yield produced by tea bushes in such terrain, the resulting tea can be quite costly.
Types of Rock Teas
There are numerous different teas cultivars thriving in Wuyi Mountains, yielding an equally big number of different Rock teas. According to local experts, there are virtually thousands of such cultivars existing only in the Zhengshan areal, some of which might be represented by no more than a few specimens.
- Review by Leo
This was a special tasting event that focused on the finest teas from a specific region in china renowned for its unique and large varieties of oolong tea. From what I could understand, each of the tea varieties shares a unique core character that is common to all teas produced in the region. At the same time, all of them possess subtle differences and forms a unique signature of flavours and aromas that characterises each and every variety.
We sampled 5 of these tea varieties in a Gung-Fu style tasting (check out the video on the homepage of this website if you want to see what it is like). Juyan has obviously picked those because they all are different enough in taste so that we can distinguish between them easily. To fully appreciate the complex flavours of these fine teas, the Gung-Fu brewing is the best because it offers multiple small infusions of the same tea instead of one giant mug. But if you have ever tried brewing Gung-Fu tea yourself, you'd know just how difficult it is to get it right. This was where we really benefited from the experience and skills of the host, who did a great job in getting the best out of the teas.
I'd also like to emphasise that it can be very difficult to get hold of the best Wuyi teas outside China, and they are usually priced like saffron. Therefore, this was an absolutely unique and unmissable opportunity for oolong lovers like myself. If you don't have any previous experience with Wuyi oolongs, I would wholeheartedly recommend Juyan's general tea tasting sessions, which covers a much broader range of teas. On the other hand, if you are thinking to get this as a present for a friend who is a tea nerd, this is THE one.
(Posted on 14/02/2017)
- Review by Carl