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.
Soft, woodsy aroma with hints of sweet potato and fruits. Superb accents of highland moss. Matured ones with distinctive notes of sun-dried longan and lychee. Bright, tangy yet soft and sweet infusion on a malty and honey overtone. Clear notes of sweet root herbs and bites of peach peel. Aftertaste of light fruity sweetness. A great tea to compliment most dishes and salted snacks.
Phoenix oolongs of the shuixian family are not the easiest teas to prepare well. However, once you are able to bring out the best of one such tea of quality, it will be difficult not to be hooked for life. That is why they are quite often used as a subject in tests for tea infusion technique. Phoenix Classic is a good choice for practice. Aim at 85°C when the tealeaves come in contact with the water, when you are beginning. Adjust leaf-water ratio, duration and manner of infusion basing on that. As your understanding improves, everything can be transformed to get various infusion effects.
We have let this tea settled for almost 6 months before rebaking it at low fire for enough depth. As long as you keep the package airtight, the tea will mature well providing standard tea storage conditions. Any further processing will destroy its integrity. The tea is good as of anytime you get the package, but if you want to mature it, it will attain a deeper and more intense character though less floral and fresh. 3 years after production is a good time to open the packet.
* In recent years, the now privatised provincial hotel serves only lousy broken grade black tea brewed in a 4-gallon stainless steel dispenser for their equally lousy buffet breakfast. To have a pot of the likes of Phoenix Classic, one needs to pay 60CNY and up.
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 packSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
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.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu packSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
A green tea made from the first flush of a Taiwan wulong cultivar grown in the mountains of the Huangshan UNESCO World Heritage Site to the strictest organic standard, Tea Hong’s Organic Spring has a mild and yet flavorful character that changes according to how it is infused and the state of the drinker. This non-demanding fluidity makes this tea a great choice for the Zen sitter and the hard thinker, to whom discovery is a transcendence.Net weight: 40 g (1.8 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
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.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack