Huang Jin Gui also called Huang Dan is a kind of famous Chinese oolong tea, produced in Anxi County of Quanzhou City, Fujian Province.
Huang Jin means “Gold”; Gui means “Osmanthus”. The color of Huang Jin Gui leaves are yellow or golden, and the aroma of it is similar to the Osmanthus’, so it is called “Huang Jin Gui”. It is also commonly known as “Eight Immortals tea” in other places.
1. Legend of Huang Jin Gui
Around 1850-1860, an Anxi local tea farmer went to visit his relatives. On the way home, he saw two amazing tea trees with striking flowers growing between the cracks of the roadside stones. Then he picked the branches and took them home to plant them in a pot.
After careful cultivation, when the buds and leaves are luxuriant and tender, he picked the bus and leaves and made them into tea for his neighbors to taste. Surprisingly, everyone can smell the strong fragrance of the tea without uncovering the cup lid.
After the discussion among the people, the tea was named “Huang Dan” because its color is light, yellow or golden. Huang means “yellow” and Dan means “light”. This name has been handed down to this day.
2. Development of Huang Jin Gui
- In 1940, Huang Jin Gui began to be exported to Hong Kong and Singapore.
- In March 1982, the special grade Huang Jin Gui produced by Anxi Tea Factory was regarded as “High-quality Products ” by China’s Ministry of Commerce.
- In 1984, Huang Jin Gui was recognized as a “National Good Breed” in the National Tea Tree Variety Review Meeting.
- In 1985, Huang Jin Gui was awarded the “Famous Chinese Tea” by the China Tea Society.
- In 1986, Huang Jin Gui was awarded the title of “National Famous Tea” by China’s Ministry of Commerce.
- Later, in order to meet the needs of the market, Huang Jin Gui was separated from its former category and became a large category of tea separately.
3. Characteristics of Huang Jin Gui
The unique quality of Huang Jin Gui is formed due to the variety of tea trees and producing technology.
The shape of Huang Jin Gui tea leaves is granulated but not tight; the dried tea leaves are dark green with yellow and the tea soup of it is yellow or golden.
Huang Jin Gui has a much strong aroma that is similar to the osmanthus, which is the most unique feature of it. So it is famous for “knowing Huang Jin Gui by smelling its aroma”. Besides, Some Huang Jin Gui has peach or pear fragrance.
The fragrance of Huang Jin Gui tea is praised as “Tou Tian Xiang”, which means “fragrance through the sky”.
According to the characteristics of the fragrance of Huang Jin Gui, we can identify whether it is authentic or not. Some of the Tieguanyin tea sold on the market, the tea merchants will add a certain amount of Huang Jin Gui to increase the aroma of Tieguanyin tea.
The fresh tea leaves of Huang Jin Gui are usually picked in mid-April, more than 10 days earlier than other varieties and nearly 20 days than Tieguanyin tea. The leaves are very thin and yellow or golden when they are not picked.
Because of its unique feature and the advantage of being on the market early, Huang Jin Gui wins the market and is favored by consumers.
4. Health benefits of Huang Jin Gui
The selenium content of Huang Jin Gui tea is very high. Selenium can stimulate immune protein and antibodies to resist disease and inhibit the development of cancer cells.
The content ratio of manganese, iron, fluorine, potassium, and sodium in golden osmanthus is higher than that in other teas, especially the high content of fluorine in Huang Jin Gui tea ranks top in all kinds of teas, which has a significant effect on prevention and treatment of caries and senile osteoporosis.
Here are the main benefits of Huang Jin Gui tea:
- Losing weight
- Improving hearing
- Reducing cholesterol
- Lowering blood lipid
- Refreshing and eliminating fatigue
- Treating caries and senile osteoporosis
- Promoting digestion and reducing the greasy sense
5. How to make/brew Huang Jin Gui
- Tea set: ceramic teapot is the best or porcelain cup (Gaiwan).
- The ratio of tea leaves to water: 1:20-30. 5g of Huang Jin Gui tea leaves need 100-150ml of water.
- The temperature of the water: oolong tea needs to be brewed with 100℃ of water.