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Wu Long (Oolong Tea)

Jiang Hua Xiang (Ginger Flower) 薑花香

Ginger flower. Bold aroma with lots of warmth braided with spices and sweet flowers.

Regular price $26.00 USD
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Vintage: 

Spring 2021: Notes of candied ginger flower with a long and tranquil finish

About This Tea

The aroma of this tea is so impressive, the locals also nicknamed it heavenly aroma (Tong Tian Xiang 通天香). Ginger flower. Bold aroma with lots of warmth braided with spices and sweet flowers.

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  • Origin

    Dong Jiao, Feng Xi, Feng Huang Shan (Phoenix Mountain), Chao Zhou, Guang Dong province, China (~700-800m elevation)

  • History and Significance

    This varietal certainly lives up to its name with a lot of warm spices in the aroma and sweet floweriness on the palate. Jiang Hua Xiang is a grand example of a sophisticated tea with just the right amount of aggressiveness in the aroma to arouse, and deliver on palate finesse and lingering after notes.

  • Category

    Category: Wu Long (Oolong Tea)

    Sub-Category: Chao Zhou Wu Long (Dan Cong, Phoenix Wu Long)

  • Processing

    The freshly picked leaves need to be sun wilted first. Once the leaves are silky and soft, they are moved inside to continue to wilt under shade and gently flipped occasionally. The shaking step is the signature step to making Wu Long (Oolong), where the tea maker shows their skill by regulating how the water travels from the stems to the leaves and out. It is traditionally done by shaking the leaves on a bamboo tray but is now commonly done with a tumbling machine. This step varies by tea and by the weather; it takes a thoroughly experienced tea maker to decide how soon and often to shake the tea. This step usually takes tea makers all night to complete. After the tea has rested for a few hours to ferment, the leaves are then transferred to a firing wok or machine to have all the residual enzymes killed early in the morning. The hot teas are then transferred to a rolling device, rolled into string shapes, and spread out evenly onto baking trays to be baked dry. After the tea season, the refining process of tea making starts with the tedious step of picking out old stems and leaves, usually taking months to finish. Then the “cleaned” teas are charcoal roasted over a very dim ash fire for 6-10 hours. Many teas need to repeat this step, with at least three weeks' resting time between each roasting.

  • Tasting Notes

    Like many Dan Cong cultivars, the name of the varietal is highly suggestive of the most pronounced notes the tea yields, which in this case is Jiang Hua Xiang - ginger flowers.

  • Brewing Instructions

    Please see above for the category specific brewing specs for Gong Fu brewing. For brewing in a teapot, mug, or single cup visit this article here.

  • Learn How To Gong Fu Brew

    This foundational course is a great resource to help you understand the methods and motions of Gong Fu Brewing.