Fenghuang Dan Cong Magnolia Fragrance Winter 2011
Love naturally aromatic teas? Try this tea and we think that you will love it as much as we do.
This leaf is large the way that dancongs should be, but the color is light green and features many gold highlights. This tea is very different looking from the dark brown/dark green colors of spring dancong.
Besides the appearance, what sets this winter-pluck dancong apart from our traditional spring-pluck dancongs is the extra degree of high aroma and the elimination of the charcoal firing taste. Not that we mind the deep, woodsy aromatics that charcoal firing imparts to the tea, but tasting this remarkable leaf sans charcoal brings a new layer of naturally-present sweetness and fragrance to the foreground.
When we visited Wu Dong Mountain, our tea colleagues told us that the spring tea is best for flavor and the fall harvest is best for high fragrance. They were certainly right about the fragrance, but this tea has a pleasing, luscious, pleasing flavor, too. The sweetness is reminiscent of honey, ripe stone fruits and a bouquet of orchids.
This tea is for tea enthusiasts who want tea in the lighter, fragrant, non-roasted oolong style such as Taiwan Baozhong, Tung Ting, and High Mountain gao shans; and our non-traditional ( non-roasted ) Tieguanyins and SeZhong oolongs such as Mao Xie, Ben Shan and Huang Jin Gui from China.