Native Tea Ceremony
The production of Fujian tea has a time-honored history. According to the written record found at the moment, it has lasted well over 1,600 years. The earliest written record of tea production in Fujian is kept on a stone tablet at the Lian Hua Feng(Lotus Peak) in Nan'an Country. The name of the tablet is "Lian Hua Cha Jin"(Lotus Flower Tea Dress) inscribed in 376 A.D. In the Tang dynasty, tea sage Lu Yu in his book Tea Classics noted; Tea is grown south of the Five--Ridge Mountains, in Fuzhou, Jianzhou, Shaozhou and Xiangzhou.
This shows that in those days, Fujian had turned to be one of the chief suppliers of tea in the country. La-Mian tea and Fangshan Luya, the two most well-known strains, were cherished by people in the Central plains of China, and were designated as articles of tribute to the imperial court.
Fujian Province takes an important position in China to produce all the five categories of tea-black, green tea, and oolong, white and scented tea. With the exception of green tea, all the others were pioneered by Fujian. Lapsang Souchong (black) and white tea are Fujian unique specialties. The world famous Oolong has been introduced to some other regions. Scented tea, especially the jasmine is benefited by the good natural environment, high quality flowers and suitable tea leaves cured green for being scented. So it takes a leading position on the list of all jasmine tea in the country. Also it is important in the world market of scented tea. There are 336 varieties of tea trees in the province, ranking the first throughout China and is therefore considered a treasury of the country's tea species.
Excellent trees and craftsmanship as well as the abundant supply of raw material make it possible for Fujian to push out many well-known brands of tea such as Anxi Tieh-kwan-yin (iron Bodhisattva), Huangdan, Wuyi Rocky, SilverTip Pekoe, Tianshan green, Jasmine Minhao, etc. All of these have been awarded 'the national famous tea 'in China. Another 13 brands won the title of Fine-quality Product at the Ministerial level and 35 brands the title of Fine -quality Product at the provincial level.
Wuyi Cassia Tea (Rougui or Yugui in Chinese) is so named because it is similar to cassia in both aroma and flavor. According to documents, the name appeared as early as in Qing Dynasty. It is a kind of oolong featuring fresh leaves from high quality tea plants, and a highly aromatic breed among Wuyi Rock-essence Tea that is processed in the same way as other breeds are produced.
The Cassia Tea is produced in the famous Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area in Wuyishan City, Fujian Province and is said to originate in the Mazhen Peak of the mountain. In early 1940s, the tea had already become one of the ten breeds planted in Wuyi Mountain tea garden, while it was gradually recognized by people because of its high quality ever since 1960s. With its planting area expanding year by year, today, it has become a major breed among varieties of Wuyi Rock-essence Tea.
The Wuyi Cassia Tea is regularly curly in strips with glossy brownish green color. The dry tea smells sweet, which gives out a creamy, fruity and cassia-like aroma after steeped. It tastes mellow with sweet aftertaste. The liquid takes on a clear orange yellow color, with the leaves evenly spread with light green bottom and red edge. It can still retain the cassia aroma after added with water for six or seven times.