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Nonpareil Wudong Song Zhong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Mt. Wudong, rich palette with great depth

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Nonpareil Wudong Song Zhong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Mt. Wudong, rich palette with great depth

Summary
Origin:

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

Harvest Time:

April 20, 2018

Plucking Standard:

One bud with two leaves

Degree of baking:

Light Baked

Dry leaf:

Neat and tight strips with natural floral fragrance, glossy dark brown in color

Aroma: 

Natural Zhi Lan Xiang, honey and fruit fragrance

Liquor: 

Clear and bright orange

Taste: 

Smooth, mellow and delicate mouthfeel, charming fragrance and sweetness linger in mouth for a long time.

Tea Bush:

Song Zhong (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:

The aroma is introverted and lingering, the fragrance blend well with the liquid, giving a strong sense of “perfume”; Rich in taste, infusion enduring with prominent sweet aftertaste

Talking about Chaoshan, many tea lovers may think about the Chaoshan Gongfu Tea, which is mainly use oolong tea, such as Phoenix Dan Cong. Among all types of Dan Cong, the most famous and favorite one is Song Zhong. The originate time of Song Zhong can be traced back to the Song dynasty, which also the reason why people called it “Song Zhong”. The tea trees grow in Wudong Mountain at an altitude of 1400 meters, where the natural environment is superior, and is very conducive to the development of tea trees and the formation of tea polyphenols and aromatic substances. More importantly, 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.

 

The dry leaf of Song Zhong has honey aroma, giving people a feeling of sweetness. Brewing it with 100℃ water, the floral fragrance will overflow from the Gaiwan, combining with obvious fruit fragrance. The entrance is very smooth and thick. Besides, the tea liquid is very sweet and fragrant, mellow and rich in taste. After swallowing the liquid, its aroma will slowly extend from the throat to the whole mouth, lingering for a long time. Compared with Duck Shit Aroma Dan Cong, Song Zhong has more stable aroma; the thickness and flavor of tea liquid are richer and fuller.

 

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: 5 - 8 mins 13 steeps: rinse, 10s, 10s, 15s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 40s, 50s, 70s, 90s, 120s
      Rinse time is around 5 seconds
Features of Wudong Tea Area

1. High altitude

Wudong Village is known as the birthplace of “Phoenix Famous Tea”, its altitude is about 1,400 meters, where the cloudy and foggy are around all the year. Large amount of precipitation is very beneficial to the growth of tea trees. The proportion of the main biochemical components that affect the quality of tea is more reasonable, and the content of theanine in tea is significantly increased, which is beneficial to reduce bitterness taste and increase the freshness of tea liquid.

 

2. Good soil conditions

The soil of Wudong Mountain is formed by the eruption of ancient volcanoes, developing into many types of soil, and is mainly composed of yellow soil, red soil, chi hong soil and paddy soil. Its PH value is between 4.6 and 5.4. The rich organic content of the soil provides unique natural conditions for the growth of tea trees.

 

3. Tianchi lake (Heavenly lake) locates on the top of Mt. Wudong

There is a Tianchi locates on the top of Mt. Wudong, which perennially irrigate the Dan Cong tea trees, So that the tea trees can absorb the minerals from Tianchi water, such as phosphorus, potassium, iron and other nutrients. After been made by traditional processes, the tea liquid taste smooth and mellow with affluent sweetness in mouth.

 

4. Original ecological growth management

Teas in Wudong village are only picked once in spring every year. Due to the high altitude, the environment here is rarely polluted by human activities. When picking tea leaves, tea farmers insist on pure hand picking, which can not only maintain the freshness and integrity of tea leaves, but also make the drinkable tea retain the original natural aroma.

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

Song Zhong, belongs to the arbor type and the large leaf tea species, which is selected from the natural hybrid progeny of the Wudong Mountain phoenix narcissus population. Its leaves is oval in shape, shiny and glory, always grows obliquely upward. Tea made by this variety has strong sweet aftertaste and can brew for many steeps, which is one of the famous Dan Cong oolong tea.

Song Zhong 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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