You Hua Xiang Dan Cong - Phoenix Pomelo (2 oz)
You Hua Xiang Dan Cong | In Pursuit of Tea
You Hua Xiang Dan Cong Oolong | In Pursuit of Tea
We were able to obtain a small amount of this competition grade oolong before it was entered. The entirely whole leaves show the level of care that was taken while making the tea: sha ching for just 20 minutes, charcoal fired, then pan roasted for 20 or more hours, monitored every 15 minutes so that the leaves are bright green with the proper red border. The pomelo fragrance is one of the rarest phoenix varietals; the light citrus fragrance is unforgettable and lasts through several infusions.

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Country: China
Region: Guangdong Province
Tasting Notes: light citrus fragrance
Year of Production: Spring 2012

Stock Status:(Out of Stock)

Product Code: OC105

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 long process of rolling and roasting afterwards, which are laboriously hand crafted. "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 Ooloongs 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. That means no flowers or other elements are added to the leaves in the drying process.

Start with your favorite spring or filtered water. Heat the water to a boil.

Western Brewing Method: Use a tablespoon (3g) for a 6oz serving.

Steep for 1 minute. Remove the leaves when ready -- rely on taste, not color. Use a large enough strainer basket to allow the leaves to open and release their flavor.

Gong Fu style: use a small clay pot or gaiwan, and lots of leaf for multiple infusions. Steep for 30 seconds or so with each infusion. Get to know the tea by playing with the amount of leaf, the water temperature, and steeping time. Re-steep to make another cup!

For more about brewing tea, visit our Brewing Notes page.

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