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Plum Fragrance (Mei Xiang), Lot No. 79


This lot of Dan Cong was grown in Chaoan County, in the famous Fenghuang area of the Phoenix Mountains, Guangdong Province. Unusually long, elegant leaves were packaged in liner bags, placed in steel cans, shipped to Silk Road and stored by us since.  In time, we open one or more of these cans, taste the tea, marvel at the crafting of the leaves, its complexity and wonderful taste, and release it to our customers. We believe this lot offers tea lovers a taste of one of the finest Oolongs China’s tea artisans create.  Rare lot No. 78.

Visiting the area, these Oolong trees suddenly appear like apparitions in the early morning fog.   The steep mountain slopes are terraced, curving stone walls support the soils and trees. Harvesting the leaves commences in the afternoon using ladders, once the leaves have dried from the morning mist.  A Song dynasty imperial tribute tea, Fenghuang Dan Cong or “Tan Chung”, is classed as a single-trunk Oolong.

Why we selected this lot. This lot was purchased by Silk Road Teas in 2004. Tasting this tea, it was clear this was an exceptional Oolong. Its aroma is sweet and yes, reminiscent of plums. This lot was made from older trees (we cannot date the age of the trees) the leaves of this lot are consistent and long.  Taste often shows a “tangy” quality which is muted in this lot.  

Interesting facts about this tea.   Elevation of the producing farm is 1,000 meters in the Phoenix Mountains, a famous area for prized Oolongs. Tea is harvested late afternoon, withered and first processing to “mao cha” by late evening. Typically, there are 8-10 steps in the processing of these leaves. This is a very select lot of leaves, considered highest grade. Lot is grown on Oolong trees.

Taste profile. Descriptors include -  bright, clean & stone fruit. Elegant in style, sweet and complex in taste, this Oolong is deep in taste and sweet in its finish.  Aromatic & floral are opening characteristics of its taste. By the second steep, the flavor of plum is evident and delicious.  

Brewing instructions. Best served using Gong Fu style – plenty of leaf, small brewing vessel (Gaiwan cup) and short steeps. Generally, if not Gong Fu style service, use a tablespoon for 8-12 ounces of boiling water. Rinse the leaves briefly, pour the water off and re-infuse. The leaves are awakening slowly.  In the 2nd and 3rd steeps, the leaves will release their flavors more fully. Note, up to 7 steeps is not unusual.


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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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