2008 Song Zhong #5 Phoenix Oolong

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  • “2008 Song Zhong #5 Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaHabitat, March 2011 A first brewing of a spectacular tea. I was intending to reach for my 60mL Chao Zhou pot, having planned on a small series...” Read full tasting note

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This is one of the “children” of the mother Song Zhong tree which died in 1928. It’s over 350 years of age, sibling of Song Zhong #6 which I sold out a while back, also sibling of Song Zhong #4.

has a honey orchid favor, but with a much nicer and smoother honey taste. It can endure upwards of 15 infusions. Your body will thank you with happiness because this tea nourishes every part of your body and mind.

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2008 Song Zhong #5
Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaHabitat,
March 2011
A first brewing of a spectacular tea. I was intending to reach for my 60mL Chao Zhou pot, having planned on a small series of infusions, but without really paying attention grabbed a larger pot instead. So there were fewer than anticipated infusions because the tea was really quite dilute. Despite that, it really shone.

Sweet, scent of dried apricots from the long, thin, twisted, quite dark brown leaves

Used 1.5g leaf in 100 mL clay pot—which as you can see is not much for the size of the pot

205 degrees, first infusion 20 seconds—still that apricot scent, floral in the first infusion, and the flavor matches—stone fruit with flowers. Oh my oh my.

2nd infusion, 45 seconds, sweet, floral, fruity, more intense with the longer infusion. A touch of spice—cinnamon, mace—on the back of the tongue, along with the floral.

3rd infusion, 45 second, more of the same—floral, fruity.

5th infusion, 1 minute—spicier coming to the fore, with the fruity/floral notes still rounding out the flavor, felt more at the sides of my mouth and in the sweet aftertaste. I open my mouth, inhale though it, and the sweet floral taste remains. I set a part of this apart in the aroma cup, and when I remembered it a couple of minutes later, it had cooled, but still, wow!, it was brilliant.

6th infusion, probably 2-3 minutes, more floral and fruity, didn’t drink it slow enough to really process the flavors in great detail.

Setting it aside for a while now, before I float away on this pool of tea inside me.

A 7th infusion again needed more patience. Will go away from the next one for a while, but pour water over the pot to try to keep it hot and brewing….

And 8th at about 6 minutes was clearly demonstrating that the leaves were spent. Sigh. They’re still an elegant mix of red edges and green middle.

Can’t wait to do this one again with the Chao Zhou pot and double the leaf.

Link to my web page version with photos


205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

Why so little tea?


I’ve occasionally found packing DCs to result in a difficult series of infusions, and generally start out a bit dilute for first infusions. However, this time my own caution was compounded by grabbing the much larger pot by mistake.

For my next infusions, in the 60mL Chao Zhou, I’ll probably double the leaf.

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