Huangjin Gui

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Huangjin Gui
Huangjin Gui Tea Leaves

Other namesGolden Osmanthus, Golden Cassia
OriginAnxi County, Fujian Province, China

Quick descriptionSimilar to Tieguanyin with a fruity taste and aroma

Fujian province

Huangjin Gui (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: 金桂; pinyin: huángjīn guì; pronounced [xwǎŋtɕín kwêi]) is a premium variety of Chinese oolong tea traditionally from Anxi in Fujian province. Named after the yellow golden color of its budding leaves and its unique flowery aroma, it is said to be reminiscent of Osmanthus.[1]

This oolong is similar to Tieguanyin, with only a little oxidation. Consequently, it has a very flowery, delicate aroma without the astringency of a green tea or the heaviness of a Red/Black Tea.


There are two legends behind this tea: the Wang/Marriage legend and the legend of farmer Wei. Both date its origins back to about the mid-nineteenth century.

Wang legend[edit]

The first legend is that this tea originated from two seeds given to Lin Ziqin by Wang Danwei from an ancestral temple on their wedding day. The plants that grew were to represent the prosperity of their ancestors and families uniting. The tea produced from these had a unique golden color and fragrance like osmanthus. As a result, it is often given as a wedding present.

Wei legend[edit]

The other story is that a tea farmer named Wei Zhen was strolling by a brook when he noticed a golden plant on the horizon. As a tea farmer he felt obligated to take a sample and cultivate it. To his surprise it had the fragrance of osmanthus and a rich gold color remained.[2]


  1. ^ Helen Saberi (2010). Tea: A Global History. Reaktion Books. p. 14. ISBN 9781861898920. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ 黄金桂历史

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