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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

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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

When talking about Chaoshan, many tea lovers’ minds go to Chaoshan Gongfu Tea, which is mainly Phoenix Dan Cong oolong. Of this, the most famous and best-loved is Song Zhong Dan Cong, whose history can be traced all the way back to the Song Dynasty.

 

The trees for this tea grow along Wudong Mountain at an altitude of 1400 meters where the natural environment is superior and conducive to the development of the leaves and formation of tea polyphenols and important aromatic substances. Also important is how the tea here is picked only once a year, and is cultivated via traditional farming methods without any kind of cutting, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers.

The dry leaf of Song Zhong maintains a sweet, smooth honey aroma; brewed with boiling water, this fragrance overflows from the gaiwan and melds with a clearer fruit fragrance beneath. The tea liquid is sweet and fragrant, with a rich yet mellow taste that leaves a lingering aftertaste. Compared to Ya Shi Xiang Dan Cong, Song Zhong has a stabler aroma, with a richer, fuller thickness and flavor.

 

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 “Famous Phoenix Tea”. At an altitude of around 1400m this area is cloudy and foggy year-around, and the high precipitation is very beneficial to the growth of tea trees. The main biochemical components that add to the tea’s quality are more reasonable here, too; for example, the theanine content here is significantly greater than other places, which results in a less bitter taste and fresher, brisker sensation of the tea liquid.

 

2. Good soil

The soil here is volcanic in origin, meaning it is very high in organic nutrients and suitably acidic. The soil types are mainly yellow, red, chi hong, and paddy soil.

 

3. Tianchi lake (Heavenly lake)

At the top of Mt. Wudong lies a Tianchi Lake, with perennially irrigates the tea trees and imparts a greater diversity of unique minerals to the leaves such as phosphorus, potassium, and iron. These help to give the tea a smoother, mellow-sweet taste.

 

4. Ecological growth management

The tea here is picked only once a year during the spring season. Due to the high altitude the environment is remarkably unpolluted; when picking, farmers use only traditional, manual methods, which maintains the freshness and integrity of the leaves and trees as well as helps to retain the original natural aroma of the tea.

Tea Garden

Landscape of Mt. Wudong
Photograph by TeaVivre Member Chris

Named after the mountain upon which it stands, Wudong Village is located on the eastern side of the Mt. Wudong in the northwestern part of Fenghuang Town. The village is not only the most famous production base for Phoenix Dan Cong oolong tea, but also is the highest tea village in all of the Fenghuang Mountains. The special climate and soil conditions here provide abundant polyphenols and aromatic substances for the tea trees during their slow growth period.As one of the three famous oolong teas, Phoenix Dan Cong is known worldwide, and boasts Wudong as its best and most beloved.

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

Chaozhou, among the 73 Phoenix Mountains, is known for its tea, beautiful scenery, and fresh air. It has a mild, humid climate with an average annual temperature of 20℃ and rainfall around 2100mm. The mountain is both a tourist destination and the main production region of China’s well-known Phoenix Dan Cong oolong tea, which draws its unique fragrance and flavor from the prime climate and soil here.

In 1982 Dan Cong was recognized as one of the 32 most famous teas in China. The mountain has over 20,000 acres devoted purely to tea gardens, among which is an ancient tea forest of over 3,000 trees mostly between 200 and 400 years of age; the Song Zhong Tea King trees here are up to 600 years old.

Map of Phoenix Mountain

Tea Farmer

Mr. Wen and his family are all Chaozhou natives and tea farmers, with his parents having crafted Phoenix Dan Cong for as long as he can remember. Once he inherited their craftsmanship he insisted on making teas with the traditional charcoal-baking method, which takes time and energy and is fairly low efficiency with only 5kg of usable tea produced. Despite this, though, he and his family persisted with their traditional craft: Wudong Dan Cong Oolong tea, planted and perfected by hardworking Wudong tea farmers, is both a simple, delicious tea in quality, and also holds the pure essence of nature and the spirit of the ancient tea trees.

Tea Bush

Song Zhong is a large-leaf arbor type of tea tree, selected from the natural hybrid progeny of the Wudong Mountain Phoenix narcissus population. Its leaves are oval in shape with a shiny surface, and always grow obliquely upward. Tea made from this variety has a strong aftertaste and is resilient throughout many steeps.

Song Zhong Tea trees

History

Dan Cong is also known as “duck shit aroma” tea; naturally, there is a story regarding the origin of this name. The first tree of this type was found along Wudong Mountain growing in yellow soil with dark green leaves, shaped similarly to the Schefflera octophylla - the Australian octopus tree.

The tea made from this tree had a noticeably rich aroma and taste, which made people curious about what kind of tree it was. This in turn made the owner of the tree nervous that someone would steal his tree, so he falsely claimed it to be “duck shit aroma” tea in order to dissuade interest. However, the vulgar name did nothing towards this, and the tree started to spread. As a result it came to be found all over Phoenix Mountain, and its popularity continue 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 tried to change the name to Yin Hua Xiang or “honeysuckle aroma”. Somewhat unsurprisingly, though, the original name remained because so many tea lovers prefer it more.

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