Historical documents show that this cultivar has been grown at least since the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644). Today, there are the last three original shrubs in the inner park. They are no longer harvested from them, but thanks to these shrubs and the cutting method, the central park succeeds in maintaining the quality of the original old varieties of tea bushes.
The name „Golden Water Turtle“ refers to the hunched form of the tea bush. The leaves are round with clearly visible veins like a turtle shell.
Shui Jin Gui is one of the 4 famous varieties („Ming Cong“) of the Wu Yi tea area and belongs to these varieties – Tie Luo Han, Bei Dou and Bai Ji Guan.
Zhen Yan Cha (正 岩茶) is a name for teas grown in the inner part of the park on a rocky subsoil and at a higher altitude. Teas have an exceptional expression thanks to the terroir in which they grow and are harvested only in the spring. They are often confused with the teas grown in neighboring fields called Zhou Cha (州 茶), which do not reach the quality of rock teas at all.
This tea is a beautiful example of how quality teas with very good potential for aging are Zhen Yan teas. Wulong matured for 10 years in Malaysia.
Aroma: intense, ripe, attractive with tones of gingerbread spices, jam, cocoa, prunes and apricots, rare spices and dried flowers
Taste: very full, deep, attractive with tones of dried flowers and dried fruit, jam, cocoa, gingerbread spices with a long honey – spicy aftertaste
Harvest: May 2011
Area: Wu Yi (Zhen Yan) Fujian
Weight: 10 g