Ruan Zhi (simplified Chinese: 軟枝; traditional Chinese: 軟枝; pinyin: ruǎn zhī; literally: "soft stem"; pronounced [ɻu̯àn ʈʂɻ̩́]) is a variety of the tea plant that is usually processed into oolong. The tea is also known as Qingxin (Chinese: 青心; pinyin: qīng xīn; literally: "green heart"; pronounced [tɕʰíŋ ɕín]) or #17. It originates from Anxi County in Fujian province, China. The taste is light and the aroma is often compared to orchids. This tea variety is used to produce famous highland oolong teas such as Dongding, Oriental Beauty, and Pouchong.
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