Jade Orchid, bouquet Phoenix oolong
Xue Pian Yu Lan Xiang
One of the most common practices in tea naming in the Fenghuang region is giving a tea the name of the flower which the farmer associates the aroma with. Some of such flowers are fictitious, yet some are real. Like this one, Yu-lan, after the flower tree Magnolia denudata, a.k.a. Yulan magnolia. Jade orchid — as the name “Yulan” is translated — is a tree native to the region where Phoenix is.
The tea cultivar itself is relatively new, having been developed locally by a farmer Wei Li Man in the 1980’s. That is why the more popular name for the plant itself amongst local farmers is Li Man zhong, or Li Man’s cultivar.
To me, the winter harvest resembles the flower’s aroma more closely so we select only this for Tea Hong’s Jade Orchid.
Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
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Fenghuang Da Wuye:If classic Phoenix oolongs are too sweet, and bouquet ones too florally aromatic for you, Tea Hong’s Black Leaf Special maybe your cup of tea. It is produced from a new cultivar developed for maltiness and complexity in taste. A very different oolong from the rest. Our special selection is harvested from higher altitudes near the oolong mecca that is Wudong. Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
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Fenghuang Baiye:Before Chaozhou Guest Hotel was privatised, this officially appointed lodging for visiting high-ranking government officials used to serve only classic style Phoenix oolongs in all of their restaurants*. Tea Hong’s Phoenix Classic could well be the special quality in the large white porcelain teapot on the breakfast table sitting next to bamboo steamers holding finely crafted dim sums for the privileged guests. All fine and quintessential characters of the classic Phoenix oolong can be found in this tea — Sweet, fruity, and lively with notes of peach and dried longan, lychee and sweet potato. A proud heritage of Guangdong oolong. Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Soft, yet prominent sweet bouquet of Yulan magnolia. Hints of nectar. Undertones of sun-dried mandarin peel. Smooth, refreshing, herbaceous body that is slightly sweet. Soft accents of dried citrous peels. Tings of the freshly picked tea leaf. Sweet, floral aftertaste. Quenching and cooling sensations that linger.
Although this tea can be steeped in a teapot using the international tasting standard, the most enjoyment is brought about by way of short infusion in a smaller vessel. I’d prefer a 100 to 150 ml gaiwan with leaf to water ratio at 5 gram to 100 ml, using 95°C water and initial duration of 30 sec. Increase the duration by increments of 15% as you repeat the infusion. Enjoy each infusion by sharing it in 3 to 5 portions.
What is Xue Pian?
“Xue pian” literally translates as snow flakes. It references the days between the lunar calendar’s 20th solar term of Light Snow, or xiao-xue (Chinese: 小雪), or shousetsu (Japanese:しょうせつ), or soseol (Korean: 소설), or roughly November 22 on the Gregorian calendar; and the 21st term Heavy Snow, or da-xue (Chinese: 大雪), or taisetsu (Japanese: たいせつ), or daeseol (Korean: 대설), or roughly Dec 8. It is between these days that winter harvests of Phoenix danongs are made. The 24 solar terms are still important reference tool for traditional farming in the Far East.
|Dimensions||18 × 9 × 5 cm|
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