A highly aromatic tea with notes reminiscent of sweet potato and dried fig that combine for a long sweet finish. This mouthfeel is smooth and rounded and the tea has a wonderful depth and complexity.
Our Honey Orchid Phoenix Red is produced from the mi lan xiang (“honey orchid”) cultivar typically used to produce the famed Chaozhou Honey Orchid Phoenix oolong tea.
This beautiful black tea is produced in limited quantities as tea makers can typically command a higher price for Phoenix Dan Cong oolong tea produced from the same cultivar. We are very pleased to have some of this red tea for our customers to experience.
Origin: Lizai Ping Village, Feng Huang mountain, Guangdong province, China
Flavour profile: Rounded | Sweet Potato | Dried Fig
Processing highlights: Produced from the same cultivar as our Mi Lan Xiang. Our Phoenix Dan Cong Red tea has been processed from younger tea trees, approximately 30 years in age, and at a lower elevation.
Plucking standard: 2 leaves and a bud
Cultivar: Mi Lan Xiang
Tea Master: Mr Zhou
The original Dan Cong plants were propagated from seed over 700 years ago in the Phoenix Mountains (Feng Huang Shan) area. These have been harvested and processed individually since this time, hence, the name Dan Cong or single bush. The tea makers noted differences in flavours and aromas from each of the plants and thus begun a fine example of selective breeding as each plant was given the name of the fragrance they represented.
A full-bodied and complex tea liquor that has distinct notes of vanilla and dried fruit (figs). Delicate toast notes give the tea a biscuity character and a long-lasting malt finish.
This tea can be enjoyed on its own or as a versatile pairing beverage. Our Phoenix Dan Cong Red pairs well with seafood, spicy foods, desserts, cheese and stone fruit. Try this tea with hard sheep’s milk cheese or with bitter dark chocolate.
Leaf appearance: Strip style with long, lightly twisted dark black-brown leaves.
Aroma: A sweet aroma containing notes of sweet potato, vanilla, toast and dried fruit.
Liquor colour: Brilliant golden-red