Huang Jin Gui, also known as Yellow Gold Oolong, is a superior quality Oolong tea originating from China's Fujian province. Huang Jin stands for Yellow Gold in the Mandarin language while Gui refers to Osmanthus. The origin of the tea dates back to A.D.1860, and there are two versions to the story. As per one widely believed story, the tea plant was first discovered by a farmer who picked a few samples and cultivated them in his farm. The tea brewed from these leaves quickly became popular with farmers from the surrounding area due to its unique flavor, tantalizing aroma and rich golden color.
Another popular belief is that the plant grew out of few seeds given by a bride to her groom on their wedding day. Back in those days, the Chinese society followed a custom wherein brides were required to bring 'greens' to their husband's house. She cultivated the tea plant, which produced yellowish green curled tea leaves.
Appearance and taste
Huang Jin Gui leaves have a greenish-yellow tinge to them. They appear curled and may grow in variations like – a mix of one bud and one leaf or one bud with two leaves. The tea has a fruity flavor while it's aroma resembles that of the Osmanthus, smelling like a flowery honeysuckle. The brewed tea retains the golden color.
Huang Jin Gui is beneficial in reducing blood sugar level and is also said to help lose weight. It also plays a vital role in preventing heart diseases and cancer. The tea helps strengthen teeth and also boosts metabolism. It is also good for skin and has stress-relieving proprieties too.
You can reuse Huang Jin Gui tea leaves several times as it produces a distinct taste every time it is brewed. Add about 2 grams of Huang Jin Gui tea leaves in 150 ml water and brew them between 85 and 100 degrees Celsius for a minute (if brewing for the first or second time). Let the tea steep in for a few minutes before drinking it. It is recommended that you use a Gaiwan to make the tea.