Xue Pian Phoenix Mountain Dancong

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From Verdant Tea

Tea of the Month Reserve Club – December

Xue pian literally means snow flake dancong oolong, a reference to the high mountain elevation where the varietal grows. The name is also apt in describing the flavor of this tea. The sensation on the sides of the palate are similar to scopping up a handful of fresh white snow and eating it, tasting the mineral notes as the snow melts on the tongue. Brings back memories of Minnesota childhood for sure. The textural complexity and intriguing sweetness of the tea makes it an exciting tea to offer as part of the reserve program.

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My confession: I have not been a huge fan on Dancongs. They always seem to get bitter so quickly! I’m not the most coordinated person, & when it comes to steeping something for 2 seconds…well, lets just say that I tend to over steep. I was extra careful with this one.

The dry tea smells of fresh laundry! It has a very ‘clean’ smell, like fresh linens!

I’ve spent the afternoon sipping on this tea, & rather than make extensive notes about each steeping, I’m just going to comment on it as a whole. Things I’ve noticed:
*A floral taste, along the lines of ‘orchid’, but with more of a ‘wood’ influence. There is also a mineral flavor.
*a metallic sensation, especially on the sides of my tongue. It’s a very ‘bright’ sensation,& cooling, which I suppose could be compared to ‘snow’, now that I think of it.

The tip of my tongue feels extremely ‘awake’ & bright. I’m thinking the word ‘tantalized’ might fit. Again, this could be compared, in a sense, to what it might feel like if I stuck my tongue into a snow ball for a minute, LOL. There is also a sweet, mouthwatering sensation under the tongue.
I’ll go back to sipping now…
Thank you David, for this month’s offerings!

I have that issue too… now sometimes I only steep them for 10 seconds

Terri HarpLady

this one was suppose to be steeped 2 – 3 seconds, LOL! I just don’t seem to be capable of steeping for that short! :D

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