Fenghuang Dan Cong

Oolong Tea
Wu Dong Mountain, Chao Zhou county, Guangdong Province, China
Huang Zhi Xiang
Gardenia Fragrance
Charcoal-fired, medium roasting

2014 Late Spring Pluck
Fenghuang Dan Cong Huang Zhi Xiang oolong tea
Fenghuang Dan Cong Huang Zhi Xiang oolong teaFenghuang Dan Cong Huang Zhi Xiang oolong tea
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  • Oolong tea
  • Wu Dong Mountain, Chao Zhou county (Phoenix Mountains)
  • Guangdong Province, China
  • 30-35% Oxidation
  • Charcoal-fired, medium roasting in the traditional manner
  • Large, elegant, single, open, slightly-twisted flat leaf
  • Richly nuanced flavors of floral and woodsy
  • Smooth lingering aftertaste with the suggestion of sweet flowers
  • Floral and seductive aroma reminiscent of white peony and iris
  • Multiple infusions
  • Amber colored liquor

Steeping Instructions:

Western-style steeping:

(Medium to large sized teapot: 20-32 oz)
Use 1.25 Tablespoons (2-3 grams) of tea per each 6oz water
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Steep 2-3 infusions at 2-3 minutes each.
Water temperature should be 195° - 205° F

Asian-style steeping:

(small teapots under 10 oz or a gaiwan)
Use 2.5 Tablespoons (5-6 grams) of tea per each 6oz water
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Steep upwards of 6-8 infusions (or more!) at 10 seconds to 1 minute each
Water temperature should be 195° - 205° F

 

 

Fenghuang Dan Cong Huang Zhi Xiang oolong tea
Fenghuang Dan Cong Huang Zhi Xiang oolong tea
Fenghuang Dan Cong Huang Zhi Xiang oolong tea

The flavor of Huang Zi Xiang delivers a lovely challenge to the taste buds as it underscores the bouquet of floral notes.  While not as sweet as either the Zhi Lan Xiang or the Yu Lan Xiang, this dan cong has a gentle sweetness and a rich body with an almost chewy texture. We detected a touch of woodsy-ness in the flavor that balanced the delicate sweet flavors of gardenia and iris perfectly. 

NOTE ABOUT dan congs:

Fenghuang dan cong teas are made from fresh leaf plucked from tea trees (not tea bushes) which are known as 'single trunk' tea trees. The teas are identified by flavor and aroma profile (floral, spicy, etc) that are classified as 'fragrances'. Over 30 different fragrances have been classified and each fragrance corresponds to the genetic lineage of the tea trees. The most delicious teas are from the oldest tea trees ( 100-300 years in age ) which have individual characteristics, growth habits, shapes and fragrances.

NOTE:

  • Oolongs are traditionally ‘rinsed’ before being steeped.
  • This is done with a quick application of hot water that is poured over the tea in the gaiwan or teapot and then immediately discarded.
  • The rinse water is not drunk - its purpose is to help the leaves begin to open during steeping.
  • Use  additional appropriately-heated water for the 1st steeping and subsequent re-steepings.

NOTE ON STEEPING OOLONG:

  •  Oolongs exemplify the concept that some teas can be re-steeped multiple times and yield an incredible volume of drinkable tea.
  • This idea works best when the leaf is steeped in a small vessel, but it also works using a large teapot
  • Please refer to our steeping instructions for details