Vintage Huang Jin Gui 1992

Deep and calm, the flavor of these leaves seems to echo from across the more than 30 years it has aged. It is one of the oldest teas we have on stock, yet at the same time was the freshman endeavor in Anxi of our favorite Tieguanyin producer, Master Chen. Though not quite as well known as Tieguanyin, Huang Jin Gui (also known as Huang Dan) is another classic Anxi cultivar famed for its bright liquor and osmanthus aroma. A moderate roasting and decades of ageing have brought another character to the fore, and the drinker may find something more in common with multilayered herbal blends such as Korean hanyak or European tonic liqueurs—ginseng, an amalgam of red fruit, dried flowers, a hint of cinnamon, and a touch of metal form a tapestry that impresses with understatement.

Among our other teas from the Taiwanese tea master Chen, our vintage selection represents some of his true masterpieces, and, in addition to this Huang Jin Gui from 1992, we also offer his Tieguanyin 2007 and 1997.


Master Chen brewing two of his traditional Tieguanyin during our visit to his factory.
  • ORIGIN:  Longjuan, Anxi, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
  • MEANING:  Golden osmanthus (黄金桂)
  • CULTIVAR:  Huang Jin Gui
  • HARVEST TIME:  Autumn 1992
  • TASTE:  Ginseng, caramel, dried osmanthus
  • PRODUCER:  Master Chen


  • Quantity: 6g / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 100°C
  • Infusion time: 5 min
  • Quantity: 5g / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 100°C
  • 6 infusions: 45, 45, 60, 60, 90, 120 sec

For best results in gongfu cha, brew in the traditional gaiwan or in a Yixing teapot.