The husband and wife team of the Zhous have been quietly producing some of the best examples of orthodox “Rock Tea” oolongs in their Wuyi garden for years. This rare cultivar gets its name from a native evergreen, the White Winter Daphne, known for its syrup-thick sweet, intoxicating fragrance when it blooms. This tea requires an astute eye and keen care; rested and gently roasted over lychee charcoal thrice over the summer months to perfect its yan gu hua xiang (“rock bone, floral fragrance”). Notes of melon, citra hops, and toasted marshmallow.
Region: Wuyishan, Fujian, China
Variety: Bai Rui Xiang (“Scent of Daphne”)
Elevation: 600 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: Spring 2019
Producer: Ms. Zhou
Brewing Recommendation: 5.7g tea | 340 mL water | 195°F | 1:45