Shiguping Wulong, rare Phoenix oolong
Rare Indigenous Cultivar:
To us, offering the extremely rare Shiguping Wulong is not a challenge enough. We think we should give you the best of its kind. Trekking further deep into the mountain above the elusive main village of Shiguping we found the patch of land which the locals called Liao-xi-ya, where it all began. The tea is softer, yet fuller and even more complex than that in the main village. The very original Shiguping Wulong*, as highly acclaimed by the man who devoted all of his life in advocating oolongs of Phoenix, the 74 years-old tea specialist Huang Bozi.
Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
鳳凰隱世珍品 極限量 石古坪烏龍
Mildly floral aroma with accents of apple and fresh prune. Light accents of cinnamon. Soft, sweet, creamy body with a nutty, woodsy, round undertone and mild fruity accents. Hints of maltase, cinnamon, and citrus peels. Slightly sweet but lingering aftertaste.
This tea has been baked and rested in the traditional light style for its maxiumum taste profile. To best reveal its mild yet round body, it is recommended that you blanch the leaves very quickly once before infusion. To bring out a higher pitch, infuse at 95°C or more. To enjoy the softness, at 90°C for longer infusion duration.
Wulong vs Oolong?
*All teas made through the oolong processing are refers to as oolongs. Many strains of tea bush cultivars are employed in producing different kinds oolongs. Examples include tieguanyin, rougui, meizhan, milan xiang, huangzhi xiang, etc. Shiguping Wulong is a kind of oolong made from a particular shiguping cultivar of the wulong group of cultivars. Both “wulong” and “oolong” are the same in Chinese. This is confusing even to most Chinese tea connoisseurs. Leo has set out in his writings in Tea Guardian to distinguish the two by using the romanization “oolong” for the tea category, and “wulong” for the kind of cultivars. We follow this convention. Shiguping Wulong is a tea made from a cultivar of the same name. Examples of other oolongs made from the wulong strain of cultivars: Wuyi Cream Stout, Wenshan Paochong, Eternal Spring, etc.
|Dimensions||18 × 9 × 5 cm|
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A very special experience for a seasoned tea drinker who has been around the block with both Fenghuang and Taiwanese oolong.
The experience this dancong offers is one that extends far beyond just what is possible to perceive in the cup. You may smell and taste one thing, but if you understand what this is, it will open your mind up to a completely unchartered territory that no other dancong can access, and no other vendor can offer. I have yet to find Wulong genetics elsewhere in a Western-facing market; and even if I could, I sincerely doubt the quality would be the same as what Tea Hong offers.
In other words, this dancong is ridiculously good. What we have here is a genetic fork-in-the-road which represents a thousand-ish year old evolution of genetics that are separate from what normally defines Fenghuang oolong. This is not a Shui Xian hybrid… this is entirely different, and it shows across the full session.
Creamy, buttery, exceptionally round and smooth with tons and tons of exquisite nuances, this harmonizes the subtleties that only the highest caliber dancong and Taiwanese high-mountain oolongs can bring into existence.
It has the powerful minerality and complex mouthfeel that defines premium dancong, coupled with the graceful elegance that make Taiwanese high-mountain oolongs so desirable and expensive, in perfect equilibrium that both balances each other out and accentuates the differences in such a profound way that it becomes impossible to describe, and only possible to experience.
You simply must try this.
It is a great pat on the back for me to read from an experienced tea drinker telling the unique quality of this very special wulong. Without enough exposure to premium teas and an experienced palate, it would be impossible to write such comment. When someone who really knows about tea appreciates my offering, it is the highest reward for my work. I cannot find words to tell how happy I am.
To me, finding this tea is a revelation. I present it here in the hope that more serious tea drinkers could share the same joy when I discovered what the real thing is behind the humble name of this Phoenix oolong.
Thank you so very much for sharing your comment. Thank you for appreciating this great tea. Thank you for understanding our efforts.
This tea sits perfectly between most Dancongs and Taiwan’s Baozhong-style tea. Rounder and more creamy than Shuixian Dancongs, yet more fruity and more complex than Baozhong. This tea may taste light but it’s robust round body and that lingering plum note gradually builds up and wins over me, keeping me to infuse longer and longer.
The experience from this tea fulfills my curiosity and I’m at another one step towards understanding the Phoenix tea.
It is a very satisfying feeling to read from a customer who can appreciate the subtle quality difference of a tea that we have worked so hard for knowing that it will have only a limited audience, simply because of its own milder virtues. Thank you for sharing this!
Clean Summer Air after a Thunderstorm
This tea found me. So I paid attention. Opening the bag revealed the aroma of grandmother’s kitchen on baking day. The brewed tea morphed from comforting to purifying — it truly has a broad range. There is a crispness to it that reminds me of the lightest sandalwood incense wafting from afar. I am on my third infusion and it appears the tea can steep for quite a long time with no bitterness. The taste evokes for me the cleansed and cooled air after a summer thunderstorm. The leaves bloom into perfect green foliage which I imagine look exactly as they do when they are freshly picked.
I am amused
@Patricio I am amused to read this review. I can sense the fire in your belly when you wrote this. To express openly one’s feelings of a product in an internet shop is a virtue that I hope will gradually grow in more people. Some of our customers may want to maintain a low profile. Some maybe too busy.
A lot of common efforts is still needed to build awareness and appreciation in the market for fine tea of this quality level. Consumer comments and reviews definitely mean immense help. They are also morale boosters to us here. I am happy that you like the tea. I have worked hard in order to get this kind of quality.
A big thank you from my heart.
Just marvelous smell and taste.
I write this review because I feel that is completly unfair that such fancy tea doesn’t has any comment here. It’s not easy to me to describe it but the feeling that I got from him is such as the title of this post. The lingering after taste that is described in the product description resembles a lot to the Honey Orchid one. This is a must try before die. Strongly recommended.