Chicken Cage Pole

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Chicken Cage Pole (雞籠杆, Jī Lóng Gān, “Chicken Cage Pole”) is an obscure breed of Phoenix Oolong named for the shape of the mother tree, which has a reticulated structure and a thick-branched trunk reminiscent of a chicken cage. While uncommon in America, chicken cages are still regularly seen in China, often on the back of motorcycles in the countryside. Tea trees that are closer in proximity to the mother tree with respect to generations of clones are of higher quality and are more highly sought-after than clones of clones of clones. Being less-widely distributed than more common cultivars (we have not yet found anyone else in the region producing this tea other than A Long), this tea is grown from trees that are much closer to the mother plant than most standard grades. Notes of sesame oil and sushi salmon umami mixed with a bubblegum or starburst fruitiness and undertones of toasted corn. Taste of ripe starfruit upon sipping.

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I was looking for “C Teas” for the alphabet challenge a few days ago, and I noticed that I hadn’t written a tasting note for this one. It stood out because I had a very memorable session with this tea over my holiday break. So… capturing a tasting note now!

(Better late than never – and thankfully I wrote out good notes on IG for it.)

This Phoenix Oolong has a lot of interesting layers of flavour to peel back; starting with a toasty sesame and sushi rice flavour. Those notes are followed by a slightly floral note of just over ripe pineapple, grilled nori, and just a hint of minerality. It’s just a bit astringent and very calming overall despite the complexity of the intermingled flavours. I was skeptical when I read WCT’s tasting notes, but having now sipped through a session I definitely understand where they’re coming from!


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Cameron B.

Now that I’m posting tea on Insta regularly, I forget to write the corresponding Steepster notes constantly… (facepalm)


Cool song! That’s some pretty fresh music while having a lot of interesting layers of influences.

Roswell Strange

@Cameron – Usually cross posting on IG helps me remember to write the tasting note and/or add it to the physical list I keep at home with what I’ve drank in a day. Sometimes teas sit on the list for a while before I get to the notes, but I very rarely forget a tea – I’m just glad this one was such a distinct session that I was able to catch the miss.

@Togo – Right!? I admit I haven’t listened to much by the artist, but I really like this one – it’s so distinct.

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