Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea Song Zhong
Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong is known for its variety of fragrances and the rich mineral content of its tea leaves. The dry leaves usually are twisted with a dark color. The leaves have a reddish edge, which is a result of a process called Peng Qing or Yao Qing, that is an oxidation process unique to the making of oolong tea. After the Peng Qing process, the tea is slightly or moderately baked over charcoal fire several times, depending on the type of tea and desired storage time.
This tea was sourced directly from Phoenix Mountain of Guangdong province, on Victoria's 2017 spring tea sourcing trip. The name of this tea literally means Song cultivar, meaning from the single tree of Song dynasty, about 900 years ago. This tea was made by Master Liu, who has 20 years of experience in making phoenix oolong tea. This tea has a very distinctive flavor as compared to other varietals of Phoenix Dan Cong. It is fruity, smooth, full bodied, sweet, has hints of almond, papaya and cinnamon with sweet aftertaste.
Origin: Phoenix mountain, Guang Dong province, China
Harvest time: April 2017 pluck
Caffeine Level: Medium
It is fruity, smooth, full bodied, sweet, has hints of almond, papaya and cinnamon with a lasting sweet aftertaste.
210oF, 4 grams (heaping 2 tbsp) for 6-8 ounces of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 30 seconds, more than 5 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 best 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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