Jade Orchid, bouquet Phoenix oolong

Jade Orchid, bouquet Phoenix oolong

(1 customer review)

USD 17.30

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.

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Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack

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Yulan magnolia

Magnolia denudate, a.k.a. Yulan magnolia, or Jade Orchid, the flowering tree that this tea is named after, is a native in this region.


Taste profile:

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.

Infusion tips:

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.

Being in the subtropical, this region rarely snows except for some occasions in the higher peaks, such as this in Wudong. So why would the winter oolongs from this place called xue-pian ( snow flakes )?

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.

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Weight 110 g
Dimensions 18 × 9 × 5 cm
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  1. One of my friends sent me a 7-gram session of this and I knew I had to buy a whole bag. This is good Yu Lan at a great price.

    I particularly enjoy how Tea Hong’s Jade Orchid opens up with a fantastic minerality that carries bright and pungent florals, with hints of bananas and citrus which progressively become more apparent up until about half-way through the session, at which point some fruity undertones of mango and cantaloupe become front-and-center in the flavor profile.

    In the second half of the session, the tangerine-like citrus notes melt away into something more reminiscent of apple juice, and the florals that were blooming on the front-end of the flavor profile start to mellow out into something more creamy and milky. The texture remains very silky and buttery-smooth.

    The finish is graceful, it has a strong mouthfeel with a very long-lasting aftertaste that is like a mango & cream milkshake with micronized glacial rock dust, which creates a kind of electric vibrancy that I’ve come to know and love in good, high-end dancong. I appreciate the subtle nature of this Yu Lan’s depth. It has a kind of charm that slowly creeps up on you and lingers on the palate.

    The empty-cup aroma is magnificent. Wet leaf aroma is super deep and complex. Leaf quality is superb… this Yu Lan is hard to beat for its price and carries all of the right attributes that I could hope to find in a premium version of this cultivar.

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