Rare Orchid Oolong
It is too expensive - but what a treat! Truly delicious orchid flavor. Makes it worth waking up in the morning! Definitely helps me get through the winter!
We have worked with Mr. Lin Ze, for a number of years. Every spring, we receive an inquiry as to our interest in his oolong. Quickly affirming, we either visit the farm or, this year, receive selected samples. Working with older farmers in his village, he has become a skillful artisan of traditionally-crafted tea. His tea is mostly consumed in China's domestic market. We have been fortunate to be invited to taste his annual lots.
Lot Notes. Tea was harvested in late April 2020 from tea trees on WuDong Mountain in Chao Zhou County. Lot is handcrafted to traditional fruit and flower fragrances. Firing process is wood charcoal. Note the leaf, its red-edge - the result of abrating the leaf on bamboo during processing.Tea was harvesed at an elevation of 1100 meters.
Tea Facts. Fenghuang Dan Congs are made from leaf plucked from tea trees known as "single trunk". Tea is harvested by hand working from ladders. The older trees of WuDong Mountain (100-300 years in age) are considered as the source of the most delicious of the Dan Cong teas. Root structure of the tree taps minerals and deep-sources of spring water. Pricing of these lots reflects it is prized status and the complexity of its tastes.
Tasting Notes. Aromatics of this tea are orchid-like. On the palate, taste is sweet, honeysuckle early with a flowery, fruit-like finish. Liquor is smooth, refreshing; in a longer steep, we find the tangy notes so characteristic of this cultivar. Like a fine wine, White Orchid will, with careful steeping, bring forth layers of flavor and numerous steeps.
Brewing Suggestions. Use 3 grams of leaf of leaf for 8 ounces of water. Awaken the leaf by rinsing the the leaves with water near boiling. Re-infuse the leaves with water at 195-205 F or at boiling. Steep for 1.5 to 2 minutes and taste. Note, the first steep is aroma and early complexity. Subsequent steeps fully offer sublime flavors. This tea will absolutely steep multiple times.