Before the Chaozhou Guest Hotel was privatised, the 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.
Wild Tree Black Tea is Tea Hong’s very own product developed from the old tee bushes in a deserted farm we discovered for creating its smooth and pleasant taste profile. It offers a delicate floral character without being astringent; tastefulness while sweet. This is possible only by masterfully processing the first flush of this secret tea bush that we grow on the hills of of the northern tip of Fujian, from which tribunal teas had once been the most prized for centuries.
Huangshan (translate: Yellow Mountain) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a China national conservation. Besides beautiful sceneries, it is also the origin for many a fine teas, such as Huangshan Maofeng. The tender young leaf shoot to make Huangshan Spring Equinox is always plucked with one or two tiny immediate leaves. A much sought after green tea amongst connoisseurs worldwide.
Finer winter Phoenix oolongs have always been sought after for their unforgettable natural bouquet fragrances. To us, an aroma of a premium tea has to be complete with a winning taste profile. It has taken us over a decade to fine tune the mastery of the processing of the choicest harvest to attain a result we can be proud of. Presenting Tea Hong’s very own Snow Orchid, the roundest, smoothest, and by far the most seductively fragrant oolong ever known. It is our luscious indulgence secretly from Nature.
The first ever modern white tea, Silver Needle that came about in late 18th century withstands time as still the highest quality in the category. Produced in the origin of Fuding with the original pedigree cultivar Fuding Daibai, Tea Hong’s Silver Needle Supreme is a high altitude first flush that distinguishes itself with a subtle yet the most joyful aroma and flavors amongst its peers. The finest and purest of this variety.