This wonderful Phoenix Dan Cong Honey Orchid Oolong is grown at an altitude of 1.200 meters on Wu Dong Mountain, which is part of the famous Feng Huan Mountain chain. Picked and produced in early April 2023, the leaves from which this tea is made come from large tea bushes that are more than 100 years old and have been left to grow wild naturally. Just like some of the high grown Taiwan oolongs this tea is so sensational in flavour that it is hard to believe that nothing has been added to influence the taste.
Teas of this type are sometimes known as “Duck Shit” oolongs. This term came about because the soil in which the tea trees grow has a distinct yellow-brown colour. Having realised what a fantastic and valuable tea they had, the farmers starting telling outsiders that this colour came from all the duck shit in the soil, hoping to deter thieves and divert attention from competitors from their very successful tea.
When it comes to Dan Cong oolongs you get what you pay for. A tea of this quality is rare and hard to come by. The price reflects both the quality and the unique nature of this tea and we are delighted to be able to share it with you in small amounts so that you can enjoy it without breaking the bank.
While this tea can of course be prepared “western style” in a teapot using ca. 6g tea for 500ml of water and making 1 – 4 infusions of 2 – 3 minutes each, we recommend brewing it gong fu cha style, using a gaiwan or a traditional Yixing teapot. If you do this, use the same amount of tea (ca. 6g) for 120ml of water, make a first infusion of 15 – 20 seconds, then add 5 seconds for each subsequent infusion. This should allow you to make several (8 – 10) infusions during which you will experience how the aroma and flavours develop with each steeping.