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.
Soft, smooth and deep aroma of sun-dried sweet date in an overtone of raw honey. Hints of woodsy spices on accents of butter and suggestions of vanilla. Gentle, silky liquor with a delicate full body comprising of kumquat peel, apple, anise seed, malt, cream and a sweet touch of Chinese liquorice. Quenching and cleansing aftertaste.
For an elegant and superbly fine tea like this, your personal preference matters as to how you prepare it. On the basis of 90°C, use a slightly higher temperature for more sharpness; a slightly lower temperature for longer infusion durations ( as relative to gone infusion style ) for a fuller body.
Since 2017, we have upgraded the house label “Orchid Gratus” to describe this much revered classic style Phoenix. Its TCM property is repositioned accordingly.
Our selection is produced in Wudong, the mecca of Fenghuang Dancong, from farmers who follow strict traditional practices and harvest only in Spring and one crop per year. This ensures authentic quality.
The original cultivar name, Little Saw-blade Petals, is as well known as the marketing name Xingren Xiang — Fragrance of Almond ( referring to Chinese almond as that in the herbal shop, not the big fat one for snack ), thanks to popular use in the local market.
Through years of researches a fine cultivar carrying the best traits of all the finest Wuyi natural cultivars is now mature and producing. Introducing Tea Hong’s Sacred Lily. Perhaps the most beautiful of all Wuyi oolongs. Grown deep in the steep mountains away from the touristy spots and masterfully processed for subtlety, complexity, and smoothness in taste. A tea that no true oolong connoisseur should miss.
For real aficionados who would not be satisfied until they have discovered a deeper depth, a rounder fullness and a more lingering sweetness, we’d go overboard to offer the extreme. Rarest small batches of leaves from special bushes individually processed only by top masters. Such as this supreme quality Milan Xiang Dancong. For those who demand more potential from the leaves for fulfilling their infusion skills. For thirsty souls seeking a moment of tranquility in the depth of the tinkling after-sweetness of Honey Orchid Supreme.
The intense and unique bouquety perfume of Tea Hong’s Tieguanyin Floral comes from bioactive substances formed naturally upon proper processing of the young leaves from the Tieguanyin cultivar. Enjoy also its velvety texture and smooth taste upon stronger brewing, when you can steal a few minutes away from the hectics of the day to focus on preparing a nice little cup (or two) for drifting away. Only first flush from young bushes is used for this level of gastronomic excellence.
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.