Unlike other green teas that are prized for plucking early in Spring, leaves of Da Guazi need to be quite open in order to make a fine Luan Guapian. This gives the proper biochemistry that yields enough pectin for the tea’s signature velvety texture and slightly sweet character. This unique nature is possible only with a special local cultivar — Da Guazi — Big Melon Seed, hence the funny name. If Longjing is too savoury and Taiping Houkui is too “green” for you, Lu’an Guapian is a great alternative of high quality with a different, yet pleasant and lively character.
Fruity sweet aroma with distinct touches of bouquet and fresh cookies on a green, fresh, herbaceous undertone. Buttery yet sharp, bright, and very lively full body in a clear color infusion. Sweet with notes of peaches over a light base of konbu. Slight touches of cooling bitterness that reminds of the bitter gourd. Long, sweet and refreshing aftertaste. Thirst-quenching.
Enjoyable in both the gongfu and conventional styles, use a higher temperature for maximum aroma and a lower for longer infusion time for a fuller body. However, it is advisable to stay between 90 to 80°C for the optimum taste profile. Experiment with more leaves and shorter infusion time to discover the fullness this tea is capable of without astringency.
If you like your tea softer and easier, consider Tea Hong’s Organic Paochong. A most flexible oolong in preparation and with a mild and pleasant impression, this is a great choice for busy drinkers or tea newbies. Its undemanding character and pacifying pleasant aftertaste retain a large group of aficionado followers some of which are zen devotees. EU certified organic and good as the best of traditional quality.
Cutting away from the main trail towards the more visited Zhongxin Yin and Lizai Ping, hidden away behind a spur, there is the quieter Wudong village Danhu. Shaded on the north of the dark rock mountain, it is cool here even at 4 pm on a summer day. The tea forests here are mostly made up of bushes 2 to 3 meters tall. Occasional 3 to 5 meter ones, each occupying a circular clearing around them, grow gloriously with their wide-spread crowns. Tiny patches of vegetables grown here and there under tea trees. The few families here have been tea farmers since their grandfathers remembered. As to when the old bush for our Song Cultivar have been here, no one can really tell.
For people who like classic style Phoenix but desire something more mellow than Honey Orchid, Orchid Gratus offers a taste that is as full-bodied. It is balanced with as subtle a warm and slightly sweet aroma. Not only is this a great choice for the veteran tea connoisseur who seeks peace in the cup, but is also a bridge between softer oolongs and the more vibrant world of taste in Fenghuang Dancong.
Song pedigree tea cultivar Huangzhi Xiang distinguishes itself from others of the same name not only by its living ancestor that has been carbon-dated back to the 13th century (late Song), but also by the elegantly complex taste and aroma of the tea it yields. That is why it is the most revered of all Phoenix oolong in its own origin and at the nearby Gongfu Tea Capital of the World — Chaozhou.
Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
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