Phoenix Dancong - Irises & Orchids Fragrance Oolong Tea

Phoenix Dancong - Irises & Orchids Fragrance Oolong Tea

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Producer: Ke family
Elevation: 1000+ meters
Cultivar: Zhi Lan Xiang ("Irises & Orchids Fragrance")

The names given to Phoenix Dancong teas are chosen to reflect an endearing attribute specific to that unique cultivar. Typically, these names associate the distinctive aromas expressed by the dancong with very specific aromas of flowers and fruits. Phoenix Dancong Irises & Orchids Fragrance is a widely-known cultivar that refers to the lush, wildly sweet flowery aromas apparent in this tea. Zhi Lan Xiang ("Irises & Orchids Fragrance") is one of the 10 Famous Xiang ("fragrance") Types of the Phoenix Dancong oolong tea appellation.

Tasting Notes: A deeply aromatic dancong tea offering many infusions, each expressing persistent sap-like floral high notes over a smooth, sweet body of date sugar.

Ingredients: Oolong tea.

Phoenix Mountain is a renowned oolong tea origin with centuries of tea cultivation history, where teas are categorized according to their distinct cultivar type called a dancong, meaning "single-trunk." Gardens of these medium-leaf tea tree cultivars are spread out on the slopes of Phoenix Mountain, with space between each tree allowing the trees to grow tall and form a single trunk. This manner of cultivation preserves the unique varietal character and genetic attributes of each tea plant cultivar, allowing for a diversity of taste profiles treasured by tea connoisseurs.

Phoenix Mountain, Guangdong, China.
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Guywan Brewing Guidelines:
Water Temperature: 200°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: Fill 60% of a porcelain guywan with tea
Steep Times: 1st infusion 35 Seconds, 2nd infusion 20 seconds, 3rd infusion 1 minute, subsequent infusions about 2 minutes. Phoenix Dancong teas are traditioanlly rinsed twice in a guywan before brewing the 1st infusion. Simply pour hot water over the dry tea leaves in the guywan, and immediately rinse the tea. Repeat for a 2nd rinse. This action, known as "warm-smooth" in Chinese, helps prepare the tea leaves for a proper infusion.

Every Phoenix Dancong tea has its own dynamic expression of flavor and aroma that evolves over the course of many infusions. Be patient when brewing Phoenix Dancong teas–they often peak at their 4th, 5th, 6th or subsequent infusions. One of the joys of Phoenix Dancong is that each new infusion might bring an aromatic nuance not found in the last.

Guywan Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.

For the best infusions, we recommend brewing this tea in a Guywan or an Yixing teapot.

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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By Carole on December 13, 2012
Milwaukee, WI United States
Treat yourself to pure luxury from the first sip of this toasty flavor you know this tea is special. It has a uniquely beautiful fragrance the minute you open the package. It us really worth the price and you get multiple infusions. Don't miss this tea treat.

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