Fenghuang Dan Cong

China
Huang Zhi Xiang
Yellow Branch Fragrance
Charcoal-fired, very light roasting

2012 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, very light 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
  • Clear amber color liquor
  • 2-years rested

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

This dan cong is named for its specific cultivar  - Huang Zi Xiang  (Yellow Branch Fragrance). Our Huang Zi Xiang is made from leaf plucked from old tea trees and not from young, cultivated tea bushes. The quantity of old tea tree dan cong available each year is very limited because the number of old tea trees is small. Additionally, the number of old tea trees that comprise each ‘fragrance’ ( there are over 30 different identified ‘fragrances’) can be as little as one tree.

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 peony and iris perfectly. 

 

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.

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