Phoenix Single Grove Oolong Honey Orchid 凤凰单丛蜜兰香
Phoenix Dan Cong is one of the four best Oolong teas in China. Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong is known for the rich mineral content of its tea leaves. As the name suggests, this tea has exotic orchid floral notes and a sweet, medium smokiness with a rich, deep finish.
Phoenix Dan Cong is one of the four best Oolong teas in China. This tea is from the Phoenix mountain area of Chao Zhou city, GongDong province. The cultivar is Shui Xian, it is said originally to come from Wuyi Rock Oolong Shui Xian cultivar, but indeed is a completely different varietal. It's been said that the oldest Shui Xian tea trees are around 500-800 years old. Dan Cong means single bush or tree in Chinese. However, not all Phoenix Dan Cong teas originate from a single tree.
Phoenix Dan Cong tea has more than a dozen famous floral varieties which is reflected in the distinct name of each, for example "Phoenix Dan Cong Honey Orchid". 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. Phonix Dan Cong oolong has 40-80% oxidation depending on each specific tea. After the Peng Qing process, the tea is moderately baked at low temperature for long hours. Phoenix Oolong is known for the rich mineral content of its tea leaves. As the name suggests, this tea has exotic orchid floral notes and moderate smokiness and sweetness, with a rich, deep finish.
Origin: Phoenix mountain, Guang Dong province, China
Harvest time: Late april 2015
Caffeine Level: Medium
Packaging: We use the highest quality resealable foil pouches on the market to completely block light and moisture, ensuring that the tea retains maximum freshness. Also the resealable pouch is not only convenient, but saves you from purchasing additional tea tins.
A distinct moderate smoky aroma that melds into a sweet and slighly floral mouth feel and a satisfyingly robust and smooth finish.
210oF, 4 grams (heaping 1 tbsp) for 6-8 ounces of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1 minute, 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 most 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 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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