Dragon Phoenix Green Heart
Notes of orchid, spruce, and cherimoya.
Oolong from Taiwan・2020・龍鳳峽青心・EU standard conventional
This is our second year offering high mountain oolongs from The Zhang family. Their hillside farm, located at 1600m atop the Dragon Phoenix Gorge in Taiwan’s Shan Lin Xi mountain range, is cool and mist-shrouded. The garden’s unique combination of climate and elevation produces tea with clarity, aromatics, and texture.
Last season, we carried the Zhang family’s Tender Heart, crafted from an older variety of tea called ruan zhi. You’ll find that this year’s version, Qing Xin “green heart” oolong, brews lighter and creamier, without sacrificing complexity and depth.
Two generations work together during the harvest, the older generation influencing the new to produce rich, bold teas using traditional methods. Our batch of oolong was crafted using traditional “cloth globes”, a process of rolling oolongs that takes more time than modern techniques but develops deeper flavor and character.
This tea was air shipped to us almost immediately after production. We then finished the maocha, or unbaked tea, in-house by lightly roasting it at our studio in San Francisco to remove excess moisture, and further concentrate the tea’s floral notes.
Dragon Phoenix Green Heart perfectly balances the bright aromatics of light oxidized Taiwanese oolongs with a richness and complexity that can only come from its specific terroir.
For a limited time we are offering a combined set of the unbaked moacha alongside the finished, baked tea. While this pairing is only available for a short amount of time as unbaked maocha has a very short shelf-life- about 3 months- before the excess moisture in the leaves causes the tea to go stale, it presents a unique opportunity to experience the differences that baking and post production can have upon tea leaves. An order of the Maocha + Baked Pair consists of two 100g vacuum sealed bricks of tea.
Brew: 6 grams・150 ml・203° F・2 min
This tea accommodates a range of brew styles. Our brewing guide highlights this tea’s long, structured finish. Decreasing steep time will result in a sweeter, milder tea.
More familiar with our old quantities? Here’s the conversion:
|Metric quantities||Ounce equivalent||Servings|
|30 grams (new size!)||1.05 oz.||5-8|
|60 grams||2.10 oz.||10-15|
|120 grams||4.20 oz.||20-30|
|240 grams||8.46 oz.||40-60|