henley wrote: Rou Gui is on my "to try" list. I've read that it has a cinnamon quality to it. If I may ask, who's the vendor?
Gee, Henley, you never ask the simple questions. Rou Gui is about my most conflicted tea type, so first let me refer you HERE to Dr Rou Gui
, our own ABx, who did a marathon review of Rou Gui offerings last year. Additionally, Scruff McGruff has a fair amount of experience with Rou Gui and Yan Cha generally.
The tea in today's photo is a TeaCuppa Rou Gui, the less expensive of two that they offer. The less expensive means 28¢ a gram ($13.80 for 50 gr package) for a 2007 harvest. The more expensive means $1.16 a gram ($58 for 50 gr package) for an aged 2002 harvest. They used to have a 2005, but it seems to be sold out. I reviewed the 2002 one HERE
in a TeaDay post.
My first Rou Gui exhibited the Cassia bark or cinnamon flavor you mention, but in retrospect I suspect it was sprayed on and in any event didn't care much for it. Since then I haven't really noticed a cinnamon flavor in any of them.
I am not much of a Rou Gui drinker and my experience has been spotty enough that I can't really recommend
any. The best of the aged ones seem to have a chocolately flavor, which I find interesting but not compelling, followed by plum-like tastes. Of the vendors I have tried, I think Jing may represent a good balance of price and quality. Vendors that I have most often heard Rou Gui lovers suggest include:
Golden Tea House