Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea Song Zhong 宋种
Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong is known for its variety of fragrances and the rich mineral content of its tea leaves. The dry leaves are usually twisted with a dark color. The leaves have a reddish edge, which is the result of a process called Peng Qing or Yao Qing, a process unique to the making of oolong tea. After the Peng Qing process, the tea is moderately baked over a charcoal fire several times, depending on the type of tea.
Song Zhong is one of the most famous types of Dan Cong oolong. This tea was sourced directly from Phoenix Mountain of Guangdong province, on Victoria's annual tea sourcing trips. Song Zhong literally means Song cultivar, meaning the offspring cultivar from Song dynasty, about 900 years ago. You can see the 500 year-old Dan Cong single tree behind Victoria in the picture below. This tea was made by Master Liu, who has 20 years of experience in the making of Phoenix oolong tea. This tea has a very distinctive flavor as compared to other varietals of Phoenix Dan Cong. It has a strong floral fragrance, is fruity, smooth, full bodied and sweet, with hints of almond, papaya, and a sweet aftertaste.
Origin: Phoenix mountain, Guang Dong province, China
Harvest time: April 2021 pluck, baking completed in August
Caffeine Level: Medium
It is fruity, smooth, full bodied and sweet, with hints of almond, papaya and cinnamon with a lasting sweet aftertaste.
210oF, 4 grams (heaping 2 tbsp) for 6-8 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 30 seconds, up to 8 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
Gongfu brewing guide:
It is recommend to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most enjoyment out of the tea.
Use a gaiwan or Yixing clay pot to enhance the aroma and taste, usually 7 grams (2 rounded tbsp) of dry leaves for 100 ml (3.4 oz) of water. When using gongfu brewing method, it is essential to warm up the brewing vessel so that the water temperature will not drop significantly before brewing and also quickly rinse the tea before the first brewing. The recommended brewing time is 10s,10s,15s,15s, 20s. You may add 5 or 10 seconds steeping time for each subsequent infusions.
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