Notes of quince, honey, and chamomile.
Oolong tea from Guangdong, China・April 2016・老叢茉莉香・EU standard conventional
This rare oolong comes from the Phoenix mountain range in eastern Guangdong Province, China. The garden is located at 1100m on a peak called Wudong Shan, the most prized oolong producing area in the Phoenix range.
This tea’s unique aromatic character is an expression of a particular mother tree. Once that character and expression is identified, that plant is cloned and propagated to ensure that the genetic make-up of the plant does not change with each successive generation. In China, these oolongs are called “Dan Cong,” meaning single grove or single origin, a term that refers to this method of cultivar isolation and propagation. Today, over 100 aromatic profiles exists.
The most distinctive characteristic of this cultivar is in its name: this tea tastes as if it were scented with summer jasmine flowers. It isn’t. The sweet scent comes solely from its leaves and skilled processing that accentuates that scent.
The source garden is over a century old, and the plants that produced this tea are 80 years old. These older trees have deep root structures that allow the plant to absorb more complex nutrients, while the garden’s higher elevation climate slows leaf development. Both factors contribute to this tea’s texture, sweetness, and complexity.
Delivery is smooth and viscous without upfront astringency. The tea brews with both aromatic and flavor clarity and maintains intensity through multiple steeps. With notes of quince, honey, and chamomile.
Brew: 5 grams・150 ml・208° F・2 min
This tea likes to be brewed hot at 208F or higher. High temperature brews bring out a distinct aromatic clarity with a balanced and intense finish.