High Mountain "Jiang Mu Xiang" Ginger Aroma Dan Cong * Spring 2017

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  • “Look at those leaves – just breathtaking. Those different coloration you are going to discover especially when those leaves unfold and show their true size and nature. Within its dry stage there is...” Read full tasting note

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“Jiang Mu Xiang” Dan Cong (Ginger Aroma) is a unique varietal of Dan Cong. It’s a naturally occuring hybrid of Feng Huang area Shui Xian that has been selected over a period of two centuries. Jiang Mu Xiang Dan Cong grows at around 1200 meters of altitude in the north of Feng Huang in a village called Tou She. The plants grow naturally, many reaching a height of 3 or even 4 meters!

The taste of “Jiang Mu Xiang” tea is incredibly complex and powerful, while still remaining well within the realm of refinement and elegance! There is sweetness, spiciness (much like raw ginger), floral notes (like Ginger Flower), bitterness and astringency. The tea is very thick and lubricating and easily goes 10+ infusions when brewed gong fu style. Tea soup is gold-orange, the brewed leaves still mostly green with some wilted brown (as is typical of traditional Dan Cong processing).

April 2017 harvest

Tou She Village, Feng Huang Town, Raoping County of Guangdong Province.

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Look at those leaves – just breathtaking. Those different coloration you are going to discover especially when those leaves unfold and show their true size and nature. Within its dry stage there is already such a thick and characteristic scent to it which makes this Ginger Dancong so special. Major nuances are definitely apricot jam, pumpkinseed oil, pine nuts and sunflower seeds. Bathing in steaming heat everything gained a more intense aura now front-wise pickled cherries and of course the apricot jam. Beside some further elegant subtle aspects of Asian pear and peaches plus a fine layer of pineapple at the very end of it there is also a very certain herbal scent of ginseng to it within this very thick and creamy atmosphere.

But as nice as this already sounds the taste is even better. This High Mountain “Jiang Mu Xiang” Ginger Dancong is one of my favorites by now from Yunnan Sourcing’s current stock. Taste-wise it walks on a quite similar but still more complex and with mor depth to it as its scent already promised. The frontline definitely forms a very fruity line with a herbal ginseng support at their backs while a very subtle note of basil is noticeable far in the last rows. Nutty nuances are definitely an important aspect of this Dancong especially within the profile of sunflower seeds and pine nuts. At the end the very last echo got something vegetable to it like a fresh soybean sprout salad. But lets dedicate our attention to the main actors – Fruit and Sweetness! Main parts are definitely the fusion of apricots and a hint of cherries but more like cherry gums (like maybe some know them MAOAM). But there is so much more going on between such fine layers like strawberries plus a very sweet a hint of lychee and peaches. Even a subtle note of banana is noticeable – it really tastes like a multi vitamin juice in some way but in a very nice and non sugared composed tea-way. Very long lasting mouth feel! But you need to take care in comparison of bitterness but it is still a quite forgiving tea. Even its bitter aspects are very pleasant for your tasting buds – really a very good fellow.

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