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Phoenix Oolongs - True Artisan teas

Local Tea Culture
Gong fu cha has its origins in Northern Guangdong Province, and its local culture have been drinking and appreciating oolongs for several centuries. Gong fu cha not only encompasses great skill in preparing tea, but in creating the tea itself - from the style of picking the leaf, to the laborious, hand crafted process of rolling and roasting afterwards. "Feng Huang", i.e. Phoenix, a renowned mountain range near the city of Chao Zhou, has been producing oolongs since the Tang Dynasty (780 AD), commanding some of the highest prices in China. The locals consume large quantities of this tea, and understand its complexities and nuances through their masterful gong fu style, which entails several short infusions in gaiwans.

Watch Mr. Liu steep some Phoenix tea, gong fu style

What makes Phoenix Oolongs Unique?
Referred to in China as 'dancong', this translates into 'single grove' tea. When mature, they become small trees. Growing high up in the mountain, they are often shrouded in fog, their trunks and branches patterned with pronounced lichen. It takes longer for the leaves to mature in these high elevations, especially if the tree is older. Therefore the yields are much lower than other oolongs that grow on bushes in large estates. Many farmers have small groves, and prize their older trees, which usually produce higher quality teas.

Another unique and special characteristic of Phoenix teas is the wide range of its fragrances. These fragrances occur naturally and come from different trees. Most of these teas have no flowers or other elements added to the leaves in the drying process.

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