Phoenix Dan Cong - Old Bush Honey Orchid

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Altitude 1050 meter at Wudong Mountain, Guangdong Province, China


April 2016. 2-3 slightly open leaves were picked and partly oxidised and has been roasted for three times.

Old Bush Honey Orchid or Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang 单丛乌岽 

This Old Bush Honey Orchid is one of my favour Phoenix Oolong that I have found so far during my tea searching trip.  For tea enthusiasts who enjoy a delicate flavour yet a deeper depth, a rounder fullness and more lingering sweetness, this Old Bush Honey Orchid will be the one to try. Small batches of leaves from special bushes individually processed by the very skilfully master, the tea has been re-roasted for twice after one year of settlement at low fire for reaching the enough depth.

Tasting Notes:

Naturally fruity, peachy, floral, and a slightly earthy undertone of small tree branches with round and deep mouth feel. The tea liquor is bright and light orange colour almost like peach juice or plum juice. Initially the infusion is light and clear with gently sweetness coating around the mouth, for later infusions, the liquor is getting thick in taste and returns to an upcoming aromatic flavour lingers for a long time after drinking as if you are having a spoonful of wild honey with fruity sweetness and floral notes.

Infusion Notes:

Great for both normal brewing method or Gong Fu style brewing, but the advantage of Gong Fu brewing is that it is easier to make tea taste much thicker and richer because of a higher ratio of tea leaves to the volume of water with shortening the brewing time, and enjoy a very fresh and original flavour of tea from each brewing.

Common brewing method:

Water temperate: 98°C
Leaf to water ratio: 2g per 100ml
Brewing time: about 4 minutes
Tips: adjust the leaf to water ratio if you prefer to shorten the infusion time or for lighter and stronger taste.  Please do not leave any water in the pot between each brew, so as not to lose the precious flavour and taste of tea and preventing from too strong taste for the next brew. 

Gong Fu Brewing Method:

Water Temperate: 100°C
Leaf to water ratio: 6g -8g per 100ml
Brewing time: about 5 seconds for the 1st – 4th infusion, and increasing the infusion time for each subsequent brewing.
Tips: always pre-heat your tea vessel with boiling water, discard water before putting tea in. You don’t have to rinse the leave for a fine tea.