Grown in an area of considerable geological and climatic interest, moistened by fertile soil and sweet dew, Purple Cane Wuyi Yan Cha is exquisite and contemplative. Being the heritage of nature, Wuyi Yan Cha has inherited its natural features. It is slightly bitter to the palate at first, then sweet, with a fragrance which linger; its simple, refined and gentle quality is just like the Chinese mentality as hardships come before happiness, reverence for tranquil life, moderate and humble manner which, is revered by all tea lovers. The lingering charm of the unique rock and flora aroma found in Wuyi Yan Cha has always been its enchantment. Its lingering fragrance, refined and mellow taste places it among the finest of all tea. Due to the outstanding growing environment plus the special processing techniques that Wuyi Yan Cha undergoes, savouring Wuyi Yan Cha is thus considered as the imperial enjoyment in the art of tea drinking.
There are a lot of varieties of Wuyi Yan Cha, among which include precious high quality varieties which acts as the basis of its pleasing fragrance and mellow taste.
Favourable Ecological Environment
Wuyi Yan Cha is grown in the nature Mount Wuyi which is located in the north-eastern part of Fujian Province, China. There are combinations of high peaks and rocks (a lot of 36 peaks and 99 renowned rocks) with longitudinal valleys, which forms the legacy of world culture and nature. The tea is grown in the dent, fissure, crevice in the rock and rock coast where the warm, moist air gives the region its humid, often foggy climate with plenty of rainfall. There are winding streams between the peaks and rocks, and the mountains surrounded form a protective barrier against cold air masses. These provide a favourable environment for the cultivation of Wuyi Yan Cha which contains a unique rock and flora aroma. As an old saying goea, “Where there is rock, there is Yan Cha.” Wuyi Yan Cha thus gains its rep.
Unique and Exquisite Processing Techniques
Wuyi Yan Cha is the semi-fermented type. Its basic processing includes sun curing, drying in the shade, fixation, rolling and curling in the breeze. The unique and exquisite processing is based on the combination of techniques used for both Green Tea and Black Tea. The scrupulous standard of picking and modern exquisite and refined processing techniques has given the richness, sweetness, freshness and fragrance of Wuyi Yan Cha to its full play.
The Characteristics of Superior Wuyi Yan Cha
Appearance: curled and rolled naturally of moderate length, solid and tough.
Intensity: Pale yellowish brown, bright yellow or reddish brown; rich and translucent.
Fragrance: Orchid, apricot or osmanthus; fresh, distinctively rich and durable.
Taste: Strong, smoothly mellow, rich and refreshingly fine. It is easy on the palate with a lingering flavor that can hold up to seven infusions.
Medicinal Properties of Yan Cha
Grown in the nature reserve region, Wuyi Yan Cha is thus protected against all kinds of chemical fertilizer and air pollution. As a result, its nutrients are obviously beneficial to health. Various researches have shown that drinking Wuyi Yan Cha is good for improving mental alertness. It helps in digestion, strengthen your stomach, removes excess heat, improves urination, discharges toxins from human body, lower fat in the body and reduces high bloodpressure. Frequent drinking will makes you feel on top of the world.
Stored tea in a cool, dry and shady area with well-ventilated. Appropriate storage method will turns Wuyi Yan Cha from intense to mellow in flovour, its fragrance improves as it ages. Tea absorbs others odors easily, so never keep it in a closet with strong-smelling substances.
Tieluohan is a Si Da Ming Cong and a light Wuyi tea. Tie Luo Han, all but unknown abroad, is the cultivar responsible for one of the four most famous yan cha, the great "rock teas" grown on cliffs in the Wuyi Shan area of Northern Fujian. Legend tells that this tea was created by a powerful warrior monk with golden-bronze skin, hence the name Tie Luo Han, which means "Iron Warrior Monk".
The color of the leaf is very green and the resulting tea is of a lighter color. The taste of the tea should be full-bodied and supple, with gentle floral notes and the traditional long-lasting finish.
*Information from Purple Cane, Wikipedia.