Song Cultivar, Phoenix dancong oolong

Song Cultivar, Phoenix dancong oolong

(6 customer reviews)

USD 36.70

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.

Trinity classInfusion colorTCM CoolTea Master's Choice

Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack

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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.

Taste profile

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.

Infusion tips

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.

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Weight 140 g
Dimensions 18 × 9 × 5 cm
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  1. I think I understand why Tea Hong carries three different versions of Huangzhi Xiang… not only is this cultivar incredible, both in terms of its rich history and deep significance in the world of Fenghuang oolong, but also due to its remarkably expressive nature that is capable of achieving such a complex and multifaceted flavor profile. While there is a common thread that ties all three versions together, they also have a lot going on individually that makes them all worth exploring.

    This Song Zhong stands out to me specifically because of the way the flavor profile builds and gradually increases in its complexity with each progressive sip. The way it sits on the palate is sublime, like it lifts off the surface of the tongue and expands across the whole mouth and back of the throat… this is a very powerful tea in terms of how the flavor profile moves, not only across the mouth and palate, but also in the body.

    It’s also quite a dynamic tea; it’s soft where it needs to be, with some creamy and floral undertones that are persistent through the end of the session, and then sharp where it needs to be as well. It’s got a bright minerality and a complex citrus fruitiness that hits the spot for me, I particularly enjoy the many layers of citrus fruits. There’s a lot going on and it’s clear to me that the processing techniques applied really highlight the intricate nature of old Huangzhi Xiang genetics.

    In my opinion, this Song Zhong is amazing when brewed up gong-fu style, while the Huangzhi Xiang Classic is wonderful for Western-style brewing … which makes it easy to keep both of them in the stash without feeling like they’re too similar to each other. And, of course, the Danhu Old Bush is utterly flawless and magnificent beyond belief regardless of how it’s brewed up.

  2. 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.

  3. Excellent tea


  4. excellent

    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

  5. Special Tea

    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!

  6. 喜出望外


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