Snow Orchid, Winter Phoenix Dancong Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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Alkaline, Astringent, Cream, Floral, Grass, Grassy, Jasmine, Lilac, Lily, Mineral, Oily, Peach, Sugar, Vanilla, Viscous, Wet Earth
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  • “As part of Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge, April 2022, I present to thee “A Tea Paired to the Weather.” This dancong oolong is the memory of spring snowmelt, with the crisp air still...” Read full tasting note
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Our winter harvest Snow Orchid Dancong Oolong has an intoxicating, sweet, full-bodied bouquet with a rich, creamy undertone. Its velvety, sweet, bright infusion is carried by a buttery smooth body with tangy bites of tangerine peels and slight accents of pears and apples. It leaves a refreshing, lingering clean aftertaste of mouth-watering sweetness on the pallet and the seductive bouquet is always there, even in the aftertaste.The bouquet of a properly produced xuepian lanhua xiang Dancong may be strong or subtle, but it is always clean, conveying a strong sense of purity.

Ingredients: Artisan Xuepian Lanhua Xiang Dancong Oolong
Origin: Wudong, Fenghuang (i.e. Phoenix), Guangdong, China

Brewing Instructions

Water Temperature: 192-205 degrees
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 3 fl oz water): 3 rounded Tbl. (5 grams)
Steep Time: 20 seconds to 1 minute
Number of Infusions: 10-20

As with all bouquet Phoenix Oolongs, use more leaves and shorter time for maximum enjoyment. This particular selection is especially heightened with near boiling water and shorter time. The 6g to 5 oz. proportion is great with infusion length ranging from 20 sec to 1 minute, dependent on your preference. If, however, you need to serve it using a bigger pot, follow the 1g to 100 ml water rule (even less if you are using a 24 oz (700 ml) capacity or more) but make sure the pot is very well preheated. Do not infuse for longer than 6 minutes for preservation of the taste profile.

This tea has been cold-stored until shipping. While it is perfectly alright to let it stay in room temperature for a couple of months, its maximum aroma and taste profile decrease upon extended shelving in room temperature. If you do not plan to consume the pack soon, it is better to store it in the fridge, sealed and better yet in a ziploc bag. To return the leaves to room temperature, take the pack out at least 2 hours before opening. This is key to subsequent storage and maximum infusion results.

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As part of Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge, April 2022, I present to thee “A Tea Paired to the Weather.”

This dancong oolong is the memory of spring snowmelt, with the crisp air still perfumed by the fanfare of yesterday’s blooming jasmine and lilies and other flowers now reduced by last night’s cold snap. A bit of soggy earth underfoot, wading through a stand of fanned-out horsetails.

Damp yet drying, cool and airy yet somehow richly floral, slightly alkaline with a silica-mineral backbone. A bit viscous and oily at first, thinning into an astringency that develops at a manageable pace. Good ripe peach aftertaste presents soon after swallow and fades as the flowers return from the throat.

A low-oxidized oolong still with this intensity despite being over 6 years old suggests to me that it has been well stored by the proprietor. This level of florality isn’t my favorite. (Neither is the price tag.) I like more of an active fruity taste, rather than in the aftertaste, to provide balance. It’s been a nice tea to sip on spring Saturday mornings before the sun provides its warm salutations.

Flavors: Alkaline, Astringent, Cream, Floral, Grass, Grassy, Jasmine, Lilac, Lily, Mineral, Oily, Peach, Sugar, Vanilla, Viscous, Wet Earth

gmathis

A description like that makes me want to sit next to you and wait for the sun to shine :)

Leafhopper

Sounds like a good one! :)

derk

It’s nice but I would be afraid to send you a sample since it’s 6 years old and green. Did I send to you?

Leafhopper

I don’t think so. It seems to have held up well for a six-year-old tea.

derk

Best as bowl tea on a quiet morning.

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