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Nonpareil Wudong Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Mt, Wudong, refined flavor & complex aroma

$8.00
Nonpareil Wudong Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Mt, Wudong, refined flavor & complex aroma

Summary
Origin:

Wudong Village, Wudong Mountain, Fenghuang Town, Chaozhou City, Guangdong Province, China.

Harvest Time:

April 15, 2018

Plucking Standard:

One bud with two leaves

Degree of baking:

Light Baked

Dry leaf:

Tight and neat strips, dark greenish brown and glossy with nice aroma

Aroma: 

Orchid fragrance, fruit aroma, milk flavor and sweetness interweave with each other, lasting for a long time.

Liquor: 

Bright orange color

Taste: 

Flower aroma interweaved with fruit flavor, sweetness and light milk fragrance, flows steadily in the mouth,

soft, mellow and smooth, giving strong sweet aftertaste and unique mountain flavor.

Tea Bush:

Ya Shi Xiang (about 30 years old)

Tea Garden:

Wudong Village Tea Garden (about 1400 meters altitude)

Caffeine:

Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place

Shelf Life:

24 Months

Angel's Comment:

Only picked once a year in spring, the Tea Mountains are shrouded in mist all year round; the floral scent of tea liquid is rich and remote, producing saliva and sweet aftertaste, lasting for more than15 steeps.

Yin Hua oolong tea, also somewhat informally called “duck shit aroma”, is a highly fragrant kind of dan cong oolong characterized by its floral fragrance. This type of tea has experienced a surge of popularity in recent years.

 

TeaVivre’s Nonpareil Wudong Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea comes from Wudong Mountain, where the yellow soil and red soil from granite are rich in organic matter and trace elements, producing the best condition for the growth of teas and leading the unique long lasting mountain flavor. Different from other teas’ picking frequency, the high mountain tea here is only picked once a year and grows under traditional farming, without any cutting, pesticide or chemical fertilizer.

 

From the moment that water poured into Gaiwan, the fragrance of this Wudong Ya Shi Xiang greets to us, rich and varied, like orchid fragrance, fruit aroma and sweet aroma interweaving with each other, along with unique mountain flavor. When sniffing the tea liquid, a light milk fragrance presents, refreshing comfortable. It’s unable to hold ourselves back when the tongue touches this tea. The first impression is clear and sweet, and then immediately replaced by the fuller rich, mellow aroma, which followed closely by the soft, sweet and smooth taste without any bitterness. After swallowing, the strong sweet aftertaste enters, accompanied by long- lasting fragrance. What’s more, this high mountain Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea can be brewed for many infusions. With steady, long-lasting natural aroma, the elegant aroma drifts slowly into nose, haunting for a long time.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
212℉ / 100℃ 212℉ / 100℃
3g Tea 8g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 15 steeps: rinse, 5s, 8s, 8s, 10s, 10s, 15s, 15s, 20s,
25s, 35s, 45s,60s, 80s, 100s, 150s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Landscape of Mt. Wudong
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Named after the mountain, Wudong Village is located in the east Wudong Mountainside and northwest of Fenghuang Town. Wudong Village is not only the most famous production of Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea, but also the highest tea village in Fenghuang Mountains. It experiences four distinctive seasons and enough rainfall, where the tea trees grow between the high mountains at 1400 meters above the sea level. The special climate and soil condition provide abundant tea polyphenols and aromatic substances for tea trees during their slow growth period. As one of Chinese three famous oolong teas, Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea is famous all over the world, among which Wudong Dan Cong is the best and beloved by tea lovers.

Wudong Village

Wudong Village
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Wudong Tea Garden

Wudong Tea Garden

The fresh tea leaves is only picked once a year in spring
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Wudong Tea Garden

Wudong Tea Garden

The branches of the trees are blanketed in moss, which is a unique feature of high-mountain and ancient tea trees.
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Newly picked tea

Newly picked danchong tea leaves
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Origin

The Chaozhou Phoenix Mountain is known for its tea, among the 73 Phoenix Mountains. It has beautiful scenery, fresh air, and a humid and mild climate, with an annual average temperature of about 20℃ and average annual precipitation of around 2100 mm. This mountain is not only a tourist destination, but also the main production region of China’s well-known Phoenix Dan Cong oolong tea, which draws its unique fragrance and taste from the area’s climate and soil. In 1982, Dan Cong was recognized as one of the 32 most famous teas in China. Phoenix Mountain has a total of over 20,000 acres devoted to tea gardens, among which is an ancient tea forest of over 3,000 trees all between 200 and 400 years of age, with some “Song Zhong Tea King” trees as old as 600 years.

Map of Phoenix Mountain

Tea Farmer

Mr. Wen and his families are all native Chaozhou people who plant and make teas, and his parents made Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong teas as long as he can remember. Later, Mr. Wen inherited his parents' craftsmanship, and has been insisting on making teas with traditional charcoal-baked craft for many years, stirring and baking teas in time, which takes time and energy but with low efficient, only 5kg teas each time. Even though, in Mr. Wen and his families’ view, it deserves to persist in traditional craft. Wudong Dan Cong Oolong Tea, planted and made by hard-working Wudong tea farmers with heart, is not only a simple good tea in quality, but also a super tea absorbing the essence of nature and the spirit of ancient tea trees.

Tea Bush

Ya Shi Xiang tea bush, its leaves are oval in shape and the surface of leaves is bright. The spring tea of this tree with one bud and two leaves contains 49.7% water extractives, 4.4% amino acids, 17.8% tea polyphenols, and 3.4% caffeine. It holds a rich gardenia fragrance and notable honey-sweetness, which means it is suitable for making high-grade oolong teas.

Yashixiang Dancong Tea trees

History

There is a story about the origin of the name of this tea, duck shit aroma. The original tree of this tea was found in Wu Dong Mountain, growing in yellow soil; the leaves of the tree are dark green in color, and the shape is very similar to those of the Schefflera octophylla - the Australian octopus tree. Along with these traits, tea made from this tree had a noticeably rich aroma and taste, which led people to be curious about kind of tea tree it was. The owner of this particular tree was worried that someone would steal his tree, so he falsely claimed that it was called “duck shit aroma”, in order to dissuade interest - but as it turned out, the vulgar name did nothing to prevent interest in it, and soon more of these trees started spreading. As a result, this tree has been grown all over Phoenix Mountain, and its popularity continued to grow.

In 2014, experts from the Fenghuang Tea Association decided that the tea’s scent is more similar to the fragrance of wild honeysuckle, and as such they chose to change its name to “Yin Hua Xiang”, or “honeysuckle aroma”... but it is still known as Ya Shi Xiang, duck shit aroma, because so many tea lovers prefer this name more.

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