Golden Water Turtle Oolong

Harvested on 5th May 2019

Shui Jin Gui cultivar

Grown in Zhong Gu Yan, WuYi Mountain, Fujian Province, China.

Golden Water Turtle Oolong

From the famous tea producing area that is WuYi Mountain in Fujian province, China.

The name ‘Golden Water Turtle’ is a direct translation from the Chinese name: Shui Jin Gui.
There are two different stories behind this nameThe myth behind the name, or rather the more interesting story!
The stories tells us of well tended delicious tea bushed cultivated by monks living on WuYi mountain at a high altitude. One day torrential rains came and washed these saught after tea bushes down the mountain into a neighbouring farmer’s land.
Rains that carried the bushes took with them clay and looked somewhat like a turtle making it’s way through the water covered in algae. Hence the name.
However the monks wanted the tea bushes back, but the farmer refused, it is claimed this was even brought to local courts. The ruling was found in favour of the farmer, through the idea that nature had decided for them.Others claim that this tea is so named due to how the leaves look in the cup, resembling a small turtle rising from the water.

Which story or idea would you agree with?

Why don’t you try, do the leaves look like a tiny turtle serene in it’s tea bath?


A gorgeous amber liquid fills the cup, and on first sip your senses are flooded with light citrus flavours. So many flavour aspects to describe, there is a fantastic surprising sweet end note to this liquor.

This tea is difficult to describe as it is so complex, there are sweet caramel type notes that creep in along with the refreshing light initial experience.

These leaves just keep on giving, the flavours do mellow slightly as you get further into the infusions, and some beautiful sweetness builds on your tongue.

How do I prepare this tea?

For Western style brewing

Use 2g of leaf to 300ml of water, an average cup
Bring the water to boil, then pour over the leaves.
Infuse for approx 3 minutes.
Leaves used this way can be reused up to 3 times.

For Gong Fu or Chinese style brewing

Use 5g of leaf to 150ml of water in your brewing vessel
Then pour over the leaves, wait 10 seconds and decant your tea.
Leaves use this way can be reused at least 7 times, yep you will get 7 infusions from the same leaves.
Just make sure to increase each subsequent infusion by 5 seconds.

These are intended as a guideline only, everyone is different.
We encourage you to play with different water temperatures and infusion times.

Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.


Ingredients: Camellia Sinensis