Autumn Harvest "Zhi Lan Xiang" Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Champagne, Floral, Grapes, Honey, Roasted, Sweet
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “The flavor of this tea is very surprising, as I didn’t note the main notes in the aroma. It has wonderful crisp sweetness, which reminds me a lot of champagne. The height of this flavor fades in...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I bought this from YS as soon as it was posted. When I received it, I actually did not care for it. The roast flavor was too strong, and there was a persistent bitterness. Now that the tea has...” Read full tasting note

From Yunnan Sourcing

芝兰香 literally means “Zhi Lan Orchid Aroma”. Zhi Lan orchids are native to Hubei province and are thick and sweet with an especially pungent aroma. Our Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong was grown in Feng Xi Mao Er Village in the Wu Dong mountains (Guangdong).

The aroma when brewed at first reminds us of cured cannabis flowers and orchids. The taste is thick and pungent, with sweetness and little or no astringency. The tea has body and seems to expand in the mouth. The after-taste is noticeable and long with a soothing lubricating effect on the mouth and throat. A naturally grown pure Dan Cong that shows us Autumn Dan Cong can be really excellent.

Roast level: Light to Medium

Harvest time: First week of October 2015

Area: Phoenix Village in Wu Dong Shan (Guangdong)

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The flavor of this tea is very surprising, as I didn’t note the main notes in the aroma. It has wonderful crisp sweetness, which reminds me a lot of champagne. The height of this flavor fades in later steeps to a more mellow floral/honey sweetness. Occasional notes of the roast come through in the aroma and early steeps. A very pleasureable and resteepeable tea.

Flavors: Champagne, Floral, Grapes, Honey, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I bought this from YS as soon as it was posted. When I received it, I actually did not care for it. The roast flavor was too strong, and there was a persistent bitterness.

Now that the tea has rested, it is very nice. The roast character is beautiful now, and while there is still some bitterness, it is easily managed, and is crisp and welcomed. Dan Cong character all the way, the sticks around for more steeps than you would expect. I think this will get better yet.

Edit: Drinking this again tonight, I find the aroma mesmerizing with red wine-like fruit character, a floral character that’s twisted into something almost spicy that comes across terpenous (like the ‘cannabis’ note described by YS), and an aromatic wood overtone. The mineral roasty character is great. This is a complex tea. You can peel the layers back and see the ‘mi lan xiang’-like floral fruitiness, but the roasting does a great job adding loads of complexity and swinging it in a more “masculine” direction, if that makes any sense.

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