Harvest Season: June 2014
Cultivar: Mi Lan Xiang ("Honey & Orchids Aroma") Dancong
Artisans: Tea Master Ke & Tea Master Huang
Phoenix Dancong is a style of oolong tea originating in Phoenix Mountain in China's southern Guangdong province. These highly aromatic oolong teas area categorized according to their distinct tea tree cultivars, which are named after the tropical fruits and flowers that they are associated with in terms of their flavor profile. This tea is made with the Mi Lan Xiang ("Honey & Orchids Aroma") cultivar, which is named for its honey-sweet taste and exotic floral aroma. It is one of the most widely beloved of all the Dancong tea cultivars.
The term Dancong, or "single-trunk," refers to the cultivation method whereby the tea trees are allowed to grow until they reach full height and form their own tree trunk, as opposed to terraced tea gardens where the tea bushes are pruned into rows. Allowing the Dancong tea trees to reach their full height provides for a complex aromatic biochemistry to develop within the tea leaves, and allows the roots of the tea tree to dig deep into the soil where they benefit from Phoenix Mountain's abundant minerals.
We work with the Ke family, proprietors of the Palm of Heaven tea company on Wudongshan, a small region at the very pinnacle of the Phoenix Mountain, to source our Phoenix Dancong teas every spring and summer. Whereas many Phoenix Dancong teas are grown at low or mid elevations around 500 meters above sea level, ours are grown at the Palm of Heaven Dancong groves found some 1,200 – 1,400 meters above sea level. Here in the misty high mountain climate, various lichen and moss grow along the rocks and tree trunks throughout the Dancong tea groves, contributing to the flavor characteristic known as Shan Yun, or "High-mountain Charm." As you taste this tea, notice the pure, smooth depth of flavor and wildly aromatic aftertaste of orange blossom honey…this is the Shan Yun of our Phoenix Dancong Honey & Orchids aroma tea.
Check out photos of our Mi Lan Dancong tea garden on the Wudongshan Phoenix Mountain Dancong travelogue
Tasting Notes: With flavors of honey and orchids, this full and smooth oolong has an immediate sweetness that is followed up by a lingering notes of nectarine coupled with a brisk astringency.
Ingredients: Oolong tea.
This tea originates in Wudongshan, Guangdong province, China.View Fujian & Guangdong Tea Origin Map in a larger map
Guywan Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 190°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: Fill 60% of a porcelain guywan with tea
Steep Times: 1st infusion 1 minute, 2nd infusion 20 seconds, 3rd infusion 50 seconds, subsequent infusions about 2 minutes
Guywan Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.
Basic Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 190°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 6 ounces
Steep Time: 3-4 minutes
For the best infusions, we recommend brewing this tea in a Guywan
We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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