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Last Updated: Mar. 5, 2012 

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Rou gui (肉桂), meaning cinnamon, and also called Cassia bark oolong, is a type of oolong tea from Fujian, China. It tends to be a darker oolong, and is named for its aroma, which suggests cinnamon. Contrary to what its name might suggest, it is a pure tea, and contains no cinnamon flavoring: the cinnamon aroma originates through a combination of growing conditions and years of careful selection of the cultivar used to grow this tea.

Rou gui is cultivated both in the Wuyi mountains and in Anxi county. Like most oolongs, the Anxi rou gui oolongs tend to have a greener character, whereas the rou gui produced in Wuyi tends to be darker. Wuyi rou gui tends to be more well-known and widely-available than Anxi rou gui. A number of sources claim that rou gui originated in the Wuyi mountains; however, Jing Tea Shop claims that this varietal originated in Anxi and was later taken to Wuyi.[1]


1. Spring Da Ping Rou Gui, Jing Tea Shop, Retrieved Mar. 5, 2012.

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Rou Gui Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Rou Gui – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China
May. 5th, 2017

Overall this was more run-of-the-mill than I expected for such a high-end tea. My favorite thing about it was the smell of the dry leaf, the actual cup was good, but not as interesting.

The dry leaf smells incredibly beautiful...multifaceted too, lightly roasty, very fruity, like baked goods, suggesting sweetness, ...

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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Rou Gui
Region:Wuyi, Fujian, China
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