What Is Shui Jin Gui (Oolong Tea)

Shui Jin Gui literally called Golden Water Turtle is a kind of traditional Chinese oolong tea. It is produced in Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province, so Shui Jin Gui is also a kind of Yancha (Wuyi Rock tea) and is one of the Wuyi Ming Cong.

1. History of Shui Jin Gui

Shui Jin Gui tea became famous in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). It is said that the Shui Jin Gui tea tree was originally grown in the Tian Xin Yan, which is one of the tea-producing areas in Wuyi Mountain and is the production area of Da Hong Pao.

One day, it rained heavily in Wuyi Mountain. The rain caused the collapse of the side bank of the tea garden at the peak of the Tian Xin Yan. The Shui Jin Gui tea trees were washed to the rock crevices in Niu Lan Keng by the flood. Niu Lan Keng is also one of the tea-producing areas in Wuyi Mountain.

Then the local tea farmers surrounded the tea trees with rocks and soil and planted it again. Because the branches of the tea trees were interlaced, which looked like the pattern on the back of the turtle. So the tea farmers called it Shui Jin Gui (Golden Water Turtle). Shui means “water”; Jin means “gold”; Gui means “turtle”.

Larter, the tea farmers of Tian Xin Yan and that of Niu Lan Keng sued many times for those tea trees, which costed a lot of money, so sometimes it is called “lawsuit tea”. Since then, Shui Jin Gui has become famous.

2. Characteristics of Shui Jin Gui

The picking time of Shui Jin Gui is in the middle of May every year. The processing technology of Shui Jin Gui is withering (sun withering), rolling, fermentation, baking, and re-baking.

The shape of the finished Shui Jin Gui tea leaves is fat and loose; the color of it is black and brown; the color of its tea soup is orange-yellow or golden yellow and looks bright and clear.

The fragrance of Shui Jin Gui is like that of plum blossom (wintersweet) and it is long-lasting and strong. This is an important reason why Shui Jin Gui is famous. The taste of Shui Jin Gui is thick, sweet, smooth, and aftertaste. Smooth taste is an obvious characteristic of Shui Jin Gui.

3. Benefits of Shui Jin Gui

Shui Jin Gui has a lot of benefits. Drinking a cup of Shui Jin Gui tea for long-term office workers has a refreshing effect, alleviating fatigue, and improving work efficiency.

For people who don’t exercise for a long time, their physique is easy to get fat. Shui Jin Gui tea has the effects on clearing fat and reducing cholesterol, so it can achieve the effect of weight loss.

There are also some natural antioxidants in Shui Jin Gui tea, which can delay skin aging, reduce wrinkles and spots, and have great benefits for beauty.

Shui Jin Gui tea can relieve cough and phlegm and has a good effect on bronchitis.

Here are the main benefits of Shui Jin Gui:

  • Diuresis
  • Skincare
  • Refreshing
  • Anti-aging
  • Detoxifying
  • Weight loss
  • Relieving fatigue
  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Relieving cough and eliminating phlegm
  • Reduce blood sugar and blood pressure
  • Etc.