High Mountain "Xiong Di Zai" Small Batch Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Candy, Cantaloupe, Cream, Custard, Grapefruit, Grass, Lemon Zest, Lychee, Milk, Mineral, Nutmeg, Nutty, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orchid, Peach, Pear, Plums, Stonefruits, Vanilla, Violet, Astringent, Flowers, Honey, Nuts, Orchids
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 oz / 149 ml

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  • “This was one of my most recent sipdowns as I finished my 10g sample pouch of this tea a couple days ago. Prior to trying this, I do not recall ever trying any other Xiong Di Zai. I found it to be a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is an excellent oolong. It hits all of my favourite flavour notes and invites you to take a sip with a lush aroma. None of the flavours are overpowering. I can taste wildflower honey and...” Read full tasting note
    86

From Yunnan Sourcing

Growing in Li Zi Ping Village near Phoenix Town “Xiong Di Zai” (brothers) tea varietal plants aged 80-150 years are growing naturally at an altitude of 1250 meters. This particular varietal is from a pair of trees that grew side by side in the village hundreds of years ago. The pair of trees produced for well over a hundred years, but then one died. The remaining tree was then propagated in the village where it’s still cultivated and picked today.

The taste is strong, thick and sweet with notes of orchid. The tea soup is a deep golden yellow hue and there is a a very strong milk aroma (nai xiang) in the after-taste.

Late-April 2017 harvest

Li Zi Ping Village, Feng Huang Town, Raoping County of Guangdong Province.

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2 Tasting Notes

87
900 tasting notes

This was one of my most recent sipdowns as I finished my 10g sample pouch of this tea a couple days ago. Prior to trying this, I do not recall ever trying any other Xiong Di Zai. I found it to be a very mellow, pleasant tea, though it was a little short-lived.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After rinsing, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 203 F water for 7 seconds. This infusion was chased by 14 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of cream, vanilla, almond, grapefruit, nectarine, and plum. After the rinse, I noted aromas of candied orange, grass, orchid, and orange blossom. The first infusion brought out a subtle peach aroma. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered notes of cream, almond, orchid, orange blossom, candied orange, and grapefruit that were backed by stone fruit and grass hints. Subsequent infusions introduced aromas of lychee, nutmeg, violet, steamed milk, and pear. Plum, peach, vanilla, and nectarine notes appeared in the mouth alongside impressions of minerals, lychee, custard, lemon zest, violet, pear, nutmeg, steamed milk, and macadamia. There were also some pleasant hints of cantaloupe and stronger and more immediate impressions of grass. As mentioned earlier, the tea faded fairly quickly, and by the end of the session, I was mostly getting fleeting, more or less washed-out mineral, almond, grass, pear, and lemon zest notes that were chased by even fainter impressions of candied orange, lychee, cream, vanilla, and grapefruit that I had to really concentrate on to identify.

This was a very pleasant, easygoing Dan Cong oolong with a great deal of depth and complexity. It was unfortunate that it faded so quickly, though I am also well aware that quite a few higher quality Dan Cong oolongs are not noted for their resilience and longevity. Overall, this was a very nice Dan Cong oolong. I’m now looking forward to trying a few different Xiong Di Zai to see how this one compares.

Flavors: Almond, Candy, Cantaloupe, Cream, Custard, Grapefruit, Grass, Lemon Zest, Lychee, Milk, Mineral, Nutmeg, Nutty, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orchid, Peach, Pear, Plums, Stonefruits, Vanilla, Violet

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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This is an excellent oolong. It hits all of my favourite flavour notes and invites you to take a sip with a lush aroma. None of the flavours are overpowering. I can taste wildflower honey and nutty, milkiness for sure. The floral aspect to it isn’t quite as in-your-face compared with, for example, the King of Duck Shit Aroma which probably would make this a great daily oolong. The mouth feel and after taste is great, makes me salivate before finishing with a light astringency. 10/10 you can’t go wrong!

Flavors: Astringent, Flowers, Honey, Milk, Nuts, Orchids

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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