Ling Tou Village "Bai Ye" Dan Cong Oolong tea * Spring 2018

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Bitter, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cantaloupe, Citrus, Coffee, Floral, Fruity, Grapefruit, Grapes, Honey, Honeydew, Lychee, Mineral, Mint, Osmanthus, Peach, Pear, Sweet, Vanilla, Violet
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “I finished off a sample of this a few hours ago. I had first tried this tea a few months ago and jotted down notes, apparently not in my notebook because I can’t find them. Oh well. Gone gaiwan,...” Read full tasting note
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“Bai Ye” (lit. White Leaf) Dan Cong is grown in Ling Tou village in the north of Raoping County (Guangdong Province). Bai Ye Dan Cong varietal plants are special in curved large appearance with light yellow-green crowns. The aroma has both Flower and Honey characteristics with a heavy pungent nectar quality. The taste is thick and pure with a sweet after-finish.

Our Bai Ye dan Cong was picked in late April 2018 and re-roasted twice during the month of May. The traditional processing for Ling Tou Bai Ye Dan Cong is as follows: 1) Pick the tender shoots, typically 1 bud to 2 or 3 leaf ratio. 2) Sun wilt for 30 minutes 3) Wilt in cool shaded area for another 1 hours 4) Shaking the tea, 15 time, then 25 times, then 40 times 5) Kill green (wok frying) at 200 C (surface temperature of wok) for 4 or 5 minutes minutes with constant movement. 6) Rolling and breaking the leaf for 18 minutes. 7) Drying in hot room at 100C.

Just 15 kilograms in total produced by one family.

Elevation 700-750 meters

Roast level: Medium

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I finished off a sample of this a few hours ago. I had first tried this tea a few months ago and jotted down notes, apparently not in my notebook because I can’t find them. Oh well.

Gone gaiwan, 6.8g, 100mL, 212F, rinse (drank) followed by 9 steeps at 8/10/12/16/20/30/45/60/90s

The dry leaf had sweet and bright aromas of honeydew, white grape, pear mingling with heavier scents of light roast coffee, brown sugar, biscuit and almond. Warming the leaf brought additions of a light, sweet mint, white peach and asian pear. The rinse transformed the leaf aroma into vanilla, pear, roast, a piercing scent like champagne and an unidentified floral (lily of the valley?).

Like the unroasted Qi Lan I had earlier today, I drank the rinse of this one. It was very clean and fruity with a good fragrance. Already the bottom of the cup had aromas of brown sugar, butter, violet, iris, osmanthus and another unidentified floral (lotus?).

The first several steeps were like drinking a fruit salad, thick and oily with flavors and aftertastes of lychee, honeydew, cantaloupe?, white peach, pear, minerals, honey, osmanthus, ruby red grapefruit, pomelo and that unplaced bottom-of-the-cup floral. Despite the light and bright fruity flavors, the tea also had a heavy quality. At this point, and this happened to me the first time I drank this tea, I had to lie down. I fell asleep, ha! Again! I continued the session several hours later and with the fourth steep, the liquor brought forward the typical dan cong bitterness, tongue-numbing and astringency but the aftertaste was still absolutely glowing. Around the sixth steep of 30s, the tea faded into a light fruitiness and continued to get lighter until the brew became too bitter for me to continue.

I feel like this was a pretty approachable dan cong. It lacked the extreme bitterness I’ve had in others and performed well with both more leaf/boiling water and less leaf/lower temperature (I believe my first session of this was 195F and 5g and it was very similar). This tea seemed to shine with its aftertastes while having less impact on the sip, though if left to cool, this performance switched. I enjoyed the lighter astringency and bitterness compared to other dan cong. The sweetness was not overwhelming and was very well balanced with the fruity flavors. Overall, a very pleasant tea.

Flavors: Almond, Bitter, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cantaloupe, Citrus, Coffee, Floral, Fruity, Grapefruit, Grapes, Honey, Honeydew, Lychee, Mineral, Mint, Osmanthus, Peach, Pear, Sweet, Vanilla, Violet

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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