Cultivar:Ye La Xiang "Tuberose Aroma"
Harvest: April 2019
Phoenix Dancong is a special style of oolong tea produced in Fenghuang "Phoenix" Mountain, a coastal region celebrated for its mineral-rich soils, foggy climate and rocky landscape. The region is home to diverse cultivars developed through generations of selective cultivation. Many are named after a xiang or "aroma" type. It is said these tea trees mimic the aromas of various flowers and fruits, like Tuberose, Honey & Orchids, or Almond while others are named from farmer tales. Ye Lai Xiang literally translates to "night-blooming flower aroma" and alludes to highly aromatic, night-blooming flowers such as Jasmine, Tuberose (Agave amica) and Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa) which are used in perfumery for their inimitable top notes.
This 2019 selection opens with natural jasmine and natal plum flower aroma, and offers luxuriously smooth and sweet notes of raw honey and Turkish delight confectionary.
Gaiwan Brewing Guidelines:
Add 7g tea leaves per 150ml of water
Water Temperature: 200°F
Rinse briefly one time
1st infusion: 20 Seconds | 2nd infusion: 30 seconds | 3rd: 1 minute | 4+: add 15 seconds per infusion
Gaiwan Brewing from Rishi Tea on YouTube.
We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tealeaves and the length of the infusion 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.