Snow Orchid, bouquet Phoenix dancong oolong
Xuepian Ya-shi Xiang:
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.
Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Perfumy, sweet, full-bodied bouquet with a rich, creamy undertone. Velvety, sweet, bright infusion carried by a buttery smooth body. Tangy bites of tangerine peels and slight accents of pears and apples. Refreshing, lingering aftertaste of mouth-watering sweetness and bloomy aroma.
As with all bouquet Phoenixes, use more leaves and shorter time for maximum enjoyment. This particular selection is especially heightened with near boiling water and shorter time. The 6g to 160 ml proportion is great with infusion length ranging from 20 sec to 1 minute, dependent on your preference. If, however, you need to serve it using a bigger pot, follow the 1g to 100 ml water rule (even less if you are using 700 ml capacity or more) but make sure the pot is very well preheated. Do not infuse for longer than 6 minutes for intact of the taste profile.
This tea has been cold-stored until shipping. While it is perfectly alright to let it stay in room temperature for a couple of months, its maximum aroma and taste profile decrease upon extended shelving in room temperature. If you do not plan to consume the pack soon, it is better to store it in the fridge, sealed and better yet in a ziploc bag. To return the leaves to room temperature, take the pack out at least 2 hours before opening. This is key to subsequent storage and maximum infusion results.
What is Xue Pian?
“Xue pian” literally translates as snow flakes. It reference the days between the lunar calendar’s 20th solar term of Light Snow, or xiao-xue (Chinese: 小雪), or shousetsu (Japanese:しょうせつ), or soseol (Korean: 소설), or roughly November 22 on the Gregorian calendar; and the 21st term Heavy Snow, or da-xue (Chinese: 大雪), or taisetsu (Japanese: たいせつ), or daeseol (Korean: 대설), or roughly Dec 8. It is between these days that winter harvests of Phoenix danongs are made. The 24 solar terms are still important reference tool for traditional farming in the Far East.
|Dimensions||18 × 9 × 5 cm|
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I imagine if one picks a lovely, rare orchid out of the snow, this tea exactly mirrors that taste. Exotic florals finished by the sensation of a cool breeze circulating your olfactory system. Uplifting.
Until now I have never known what they mean by fine tea! I don’t know how to write such flowery reviews but I have to tell you that this tea really is something big for me. It’s a total knock out! If this is what tea really is, all the others I have drunk were nothing! I can tell you that. Now I can understand why some tea here cost more. Such wonderful aroma, such taste, such silkiness. I am totally hooked.
My, my, this tea is full of flavor. Dry leaf aroma of melon. Pale yellow liquor with smooth, floral bouqet that fill the mouth. Huigan is big and long. Tremendous flavor rests on the tongue. Thick mouthfeel. This could be somewhat over the top, and perhaps less leaf should be used unless you are looking for a powerhouse of a perfumed Dancong. Many, many, brews. Quite enjoyable. This is the best selection of Dancong from any dealer I know in Asia.