Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Red Leaf Chi Ye
Phoenix Single Grove, or Dancong in Chinese is one of the four best Oolong teas in China. This tea is from the Phoenix mountain area of Chao Zhou city, Guang Dong province. Chi Ye has become one of the most popular Phoenix Dancong oolong teas in the last a couple of years. Chi Ye only grows at an altitude of 800 meters, in the rich soil of a natural pristine environment, making this tea an excellent choice for health conscious tea lovers.
Chi Ye literally means “red leaf”, a new varietal cultivated from Bai Ye (white leaf) from the high altitude, core-producing area of Phoenix Mountain. This varietal has a brownish green leaf and the dry leaf is not as dark as other types of Dancong, thus the locals call it "red leaf". This tea has a slightly smoky taste, along with a hint of baked plum and cherry, and a brown sugar sweetness. It is smooth, full-bodied, and well-balanced, with a mellow and aromatic finish that lingers in your mouth and nose.
Origin: Phoenix Mountain, Caozhou city, Guang Dong province, China
Harvest time: April 2016
Caffeine Level: Medium
This tea has a slightly smoky taste, along with a hint of baked plum and cherry, and a brown sugar sweetness. It is smooth, full-bodied, and well-balanced, with a mellow and aromatic finish that lingers in your mouth and nose.
210oF, 4 grams (heaping 1 tbsp) for 6-8 ounces of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1 minute, 4-5 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 150 ml /5oz 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. It can brew as many as 10 steepings.
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