Song Cultivar, Phoenix dancong oolong
Huangzhi Xiang 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
What really does the name mean?
“Song” refers to a dynastic era in where China is today between the 10th and 13th century. Song dynasty was a golden age of civilisation where the arts, crafts, material technology and even the economy was at its height in East Asia. Tea trees survived from this era and their direct asexually produced offsprings are called Song Cultivars in the region of Fenghuang ( aka Phoenix ). The name is sometimes presented in its pinyin romanised form as Song Zhong.
Fresh, bright floral aroma with a distinctive touch of ripen tangerine and an accent of raw honey. Silky sweet infusion of a fine, lively body delicately balanced with the tingling bitterness of tangerine peel and tones of fresh herbs. Long, soft, fruity bittersweet aftertaste and after aroma.
This tea is much better realized using the gaiwan in a gongfu approach. Do not use overly too much tealeaves so you can infuse for at least 20 seconds in the first round for the elegantly wonderful first impression. Try 6 g in a 160 ml.
|Dimensions||18 × 9 × 5 cm|
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Perfume for the palate
Oh, the excitement when the Tea Hong box arrives! Song Cultivar was the first to be sampled after the un-boxing of my second shipment. The dry leaves make music as they tinkle into the gaiwan, blooming into a mass of plump foliage when brewed. The tea is clear and golden brown but tastes like a gray, misty day by a crackling fire. Deep and slightly bitter, it leaves a citrus-like perfume lingering on your palate.
This beautiful dancong has what, to me, is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter, with an enticing mouth feel and a lingering, tongue coating taste. The citrus bite is very apparent and pleasing.
Overall, this tea has wonderful qi, leaving my spirit feeling lively and my tongue satisfied
A deep citrus flavor pervades the mouth that carries through for endless brews. Huigan is huge and long lasting. The tea has some power and quick infusions bring out its smoothness and good mouthfeel. This was a treat!