Plum Fragrance (Mei Xiang), Lot No. 79
Silk Road Teas purchased this lot of Dan Cong in the harvest of 2002. It was grown in Chaoan County, in the famous Fenghuang area of the Phoenix Mountains, Guangdong Province. These elegant, long leaves were then packaged in liners, sealed in steel cans and shipped to Silk Road. We have cared for this tea in our warehouse(s) since then. In time, we open one of these cans, taste it, marvel at its complexity and wonderful taste and release it to market. We believe this lot offers tea lovers a taste of one of the finest oolongs China’s tea artisans create. Rare lot No. 79.
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 when the leaves have dried from the morning mists. A Song dynasty imperial tribute tea, Fenghuang Dan Cong or “Tan Chung”, is classed as a single-trunk oolong. Elegant in style, sweet and complex in taste, this oolong is deep in taste, mouth-filling and sweet in its finish.
Why we selected this lot. This lot was purchased by Silk Road Teas in 2002. 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. Tasting the tea, it shows depth and complexity in taste. They also typically have a “tangy” quality in taste which you will find 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 single-trunk oolong trees.
Taste profile. Body is bright, clean, stone fruit and quite strong with longer steep. The flavor is long and mouth-filling. Aromatic, floral, smooth and sweet 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, use a rounded teaspoon for 8-12 ounces of boiling water. Rinse the leaves briefly, pour the water off and re-infuse. The leaves are awakening slowly. By the 2nd and 3rd steeps, the leaves will release their nectar. Up to 7 steeps is not unusual.
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