Zhi Lan Xiang (Iris Flower) Dan Cong Wulong 2013

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Wulong tea from Chaozhou (Guangdong Province) is called Dan Cong Wulong. The signature characteristics of this style are its rich robust flavor and high flowery aroma. The gardening practices in this province often involve grafting cuttings of desirable bushes to the cut-down trunks of less successful tea bushes. The tea is grown at about 600 meters above sea level. The tea from this region is popularly described as having ten distinct types of aromas. Zhi Lan Xiang is the name of one such aroma as well as the bush type that produces this tea. This tea can alternatively be called “Song Zhong Zhi Lan”, because its mother bush is believed to originate in the Song Dynasty. Two very old examples of this cultivar are still living. Since this tea received its name largely due to its scent, it has the relaxing aroma of the iris orchid when brewed, with a bright yellow tea color. This tea sustains its rich flavor through multiple infusions and builds a pleasant sweetness at the back of the throat.

Tea Origin: Phoenix Mountain, Chaozhou City, Guangdong Province

Tea Bush: Zhi Lan Xiang

Tea Master: Chen Xiong

Harvest Time: end of April

Picking Standard: 1 half-opened young leaf and 3 mature leaves.

Brewing Guidelines

Teaware: 12 oz. glass, porcelain or yi xing clay pot

Amount: 1 Tbs of tea leaves

Water: 212 F (boiling) filtered water.

Infusion: First infusion for 1-2 minutes. The leaves are good for seven infusions.

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The dry leaves had a strong essence of Hawaiian mango which intrigued me! They were long, dark, slender, and toasted brown. All the leaves were uniform.
The brewed tea had that wonderful aroma that is so fantastic in Oolongs,,,toasty, floral, creamy. Everytime you bring your mouth up to drink this one, the scent of the Iris.
This is a delicious and fragrant Oolong. Paired it with fresh blueberries for breakfast and it was heavenly.

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A lovely sample sipdown, shared with me by Lee. Thanks so much.
Pleasantly roasty, with a heavenly gentle floral essence.

Terri HarpLady

and I forgot to mention that I have purple & lavendar colored Irises blooming in my yard right now, next to my lilac bush, which is also blooming. In spite of allergies, I do love spring :)


I love lilac bushes!! ahhhh that is one of my favourite scents ever

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