Friday, December 5, 2014

Tea Review: Fenghuang Dancong (Phoenix Tea)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 6

Fenghuang Dancong (Phoenix Mountain Oolong)
Phoenix Tea
Type: Oolong
Origin: China, Guangdong Province
Product Description:  Our Phoenix Dancong was produced at the Feng Huang Mountain Tea Farm in the North of China's Guangdong province. This garden is located at 4,500 feet above sea level and is home to many mature single trunk tea trees and is close to obtaining organic cerification. The tea plant cultivar used is called Mi Lan Xiang (蜜蘭香) meaning honey orchid fragrance.

Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of mild citrus and fruit like papaya and dates, with notes of a rye-like grain.

The infusion is golden and peach-pink with an aroma of warm fruit like papaya and mild grapefruit and something sweet like caramelized sugar or honey.  The taste is sweet with notes of light citrus and dried apricots with a long fruity finish.

Midway through my first cup, I realized that this tea reminds me of the Botan rice candy I enjoyed as a child, which had a light citrus flavor that is supposed to be similar to pomelo.  After three steepings, this tea continued to produce great results.  The leaves were still only half-open, so I would expect this to produce three or more additional flavorful infusions.

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