凤凰单丛 - 宋种
Altitude 1100 meter at Wudong Mountain, Guangdong Province, China
HARVEST TIME AND PROCESSING
April 2017. 2-3 slightly open leaves were picked and partly oxidised and gently baked under low heat.
Our Song Zhong Dan Cong comes from a single tree that is about 90 years old growing naturally on Wu Dong Mountain with rocky soil that gives tea a deep after taste and intense flavour. Each single tea tree can only produce tea of not more than 20kg of one batch, thus our current stock of this Song Zhong is only available until this batch of stock last.
Due its gently baking process and no additional maturation, the tea gives a fresh, gently, bright floral aroma follow by natural fruity notes make you image of orange colour. The infusion is silky sweet, smooth and good mouthfeel, lively body feels like having a nice warm sunbath. Aftertaste or Huigan is elegant and long lasting.
It can be brewed by both normal way and Gong Fu style, but I would strongly recommend you using Gong Fu style allowing the tea leaves to release the concentrated flavour instantly in a very short brewing time, so that you can notice the fine detail more and enjoy the fresh and original flavour of from each brewing.
Common brewing method:
Water temperate: 100°C
Leaf to water ratio: 2g per 100ml (or adjust the ratio to you taste)
Brewing time: about 4 minutes
Tips: 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: 7g per 100ml
Brewing time: 1st – 4th infusion about 5 second (almost like hot water pour in and out); 5th – 10th infusion: increasing the infusion time by few seconds for each subsequent brewing.
Tips: make sure pre-heat your tea vessel with boiling water properly, discard water before putting tea in. You don’t have to rinse the leave for a fine tea, but if you do decide to rinse the leave, please make sure do it swiftly so as not to lose the precious flavour and taste of tea.
Song Zhong literally means Song cultivar, refer to the mother trees that is planted since Song dynasty. According to the legend in the Song Dynasty (about 900 years ago), when the emperor Zhao Bing escaped to the Wu Dong Mountain, he was very thirsty and his attendants cannot find water around. Fortunately, someone knew that tea can quench their thirst and picked some fresh tea leaves for emperor to chew, which helped producing saliva and made him feel better and full energy. So emperor Zhao Bing gave the tea a name of “Song Cha”, people then called these tea tree “Song Zhong”. The mother trees of Song Zhong was crossbreed from Shui Xian cultivar from Wu Yi Mountain, thus Song Zhong has similar character to Shui Xian with smooth flavour and elegant aroma.
Phoenix Dan Cong generally is not an easy tea to brew and the flavour can be varied dramatically according to how you brew IT, and does not get along with various kinds of clay teapot. I would suggest using ceramic or glass tea ware to brew it for the first time to understand the basic flavour, then choose different clay pots to see whether a clay pot improve the intensity of after taste better than ceramic or glass ware