Golden Dawn (Huang Dan) Lot # 97
Golden Dawn is in a class of high-mountain oolongs considered to have been tribute teas during the Song Dynasty. This lot was harvested from oolong trees estimated to be 100 years old. These trees now reach deep into the rich soils of the Phoenix Mountains, drawing minerals and spring water in an environment deemed perfect for developing strong, nuanced flavors. Its long, elegant reddish-brown strips of leaf turn green and with reddish color edges with steeping. Lot No. 97.
Why we selected this lot. This lot was purchased in 2004, packaged in liners and stored in steel cans made for this tea. Its large leaves are consistent in size and shape indicating care in the pluck, sorting and handling of the leaves. This lot was handmade in a small village in Chaoan County, in the Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong Province, an area well-known for yielding the highest grades of Dan Cong style oolongs.
Interesting facts about this tea. Grown on the slopes of Wu Dong mountain, at an elevation of approximately 900 meters. Harvested in 2004. Small farm produced and handmade. Tea is harvested late afternoon, sorted, withered and immediately begins its processing. After hours of working the leaves, breaking down their cellular structure, they are “rested” in wicker baskets and then fired in wood charcoal fueled ovens. This process locks in the complex flavors and natural sweetness of the varietal.
Taste profile. The aroma of the leaves is peachy, enticing. Once steeped, the leaves yield a clean, orange-brown liquor. The flavors of this tea verge on intoxicating. It is sweet like nectar. There is also a “tangy” side to it. Notes of honeysuckle or golden honey come through as well. Some roasted notes suggesting almonds are noticed from the wood firing of the leaves.
Brewing instructions. Use ample leaf and, if possible, do a Gong Fu style brewing with this tea. It also can be easily brewed in a teapot with loose leaves. Use boiling water, rinse the weaves to “awaken” them and pour that water off. Re-infuse and steep for about 1 minute to 1.5 minutes and taste. The first steep is known for its aroma. In the 2nd steep the leaves begin to open and release their nectar. This tea will steep 5-7 times.
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