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Gardenia Fragrance - Huang Zhi Xiang


 "Gardenia Fragrance" is a handcrafted, single-origin lot hand made by a true artisan of the leaf. 

 The extra-long, thin leaves are withered, then shaped by hand, beginning an 8-plus step process to create its unique appearance and taste.  The leaves are abraded multiple times on wicker trays breaking down the edges of the leaves and their cell structure, releasing precious juices and rare aromas. These slowly oxidized leaves are then fired, then rested in a warm room and then hand worked again.  Each step and resting period slowly bringing forth and shaping treasured flavors.  Then the leaves are worked again and finally fired in wood charcoal ovens imbuing and sealing the leaves with their renowned flavors.  The depth of this tea will allow for multiple steeps, each with a new flavor note.

Why we selected this lot.  The appearance of the leaves will lead one to recognize this truly is a rare lot.  It is rare to find leaves of this size any longer in the tea produced in the very famous Fenghuang area.  Its evident brown and yellow coloration is signature for this varietal.  We know the farmer and how carefully he processes his harvest.  Upon tasting, it was apparent this is a classic Oolong from the WuDong Mountain area.  We purchased this tea over 15 years ago.  Rare Lot # 1.

Interesting facts about this tea.  This tea was grown in the Phoenix Mountains. The highest grades of Dan Cong Oolong have traditionally been produced primarily on WuDong Mountain in the Chao An area, of Guangdong Province. The varietal is a descendant of the Shui Xian Oolong, with origin in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian Province.  This lot was purchased in 2002 and has been in storage in our warehouse since.    "Gardenia Fragrance" is an Oolong not typically exported given its very limited supply and strong domestic demand

Gardenia Fragrance "Huang Zhi Xiang" is a literal translation and well describes the character of the tea.  At one-time tea bushes, planted 50 plus years ago, have grown with time, into trees.  Stonewalls create terraces on which the trees grow encircling the steep mountainside.  The soils are rich red in color; fresh springs cut through subterranean channels to nourish the trees.  Cooling evening temperatures follow hot, lightly humid days, a perfect environment for tea.  By mid-April the first leaves are being harvested at the lower elevations.  By late April into early May the harvest of these trees and their large leaves begins.  

Tasting notes.  The taste is silky and sweet and characterized by a fruity aroma and subtle a fragrance of flowers.  Taste is almond-like, naturally sweet with an ever-present hint of tanginess.  Equally impressive is the depth of its taste.  Long after the cup has been drunk, sweetness and flavor will remain on the palate. The evident nectar-like notes create a pleasing complexity in the mouth.  The finish blends the two notes, creating a lingering finish that will persist and warm.  This lot offers a distinctive, refreshing cup.

Brewing suggestions.  The leaves are strong in flavor. 3-5 grams should be plenty of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water.  Use boiling water to rinse the leaves briefly, pour off and re-infuse for 1.5 minutes and taste.  The first steep is known for aroma.  The second steep is when the flavors begin to open.  We recommend that your steeps be kept on the short side given the strength of the leaves.  This tea will yield multiple steeps - right up to 7 or more.  


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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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