Type: Dancong Oolong Tea
Origin: Phoenix Village, Chaozhou, Guangdong province, China
Vanilla, sugarcane, raw almonds
The area around Chaozhou city is famous for producing Dancong tea, a variety of Oolong that has approximately 18 different aroma sub-varieties, each with its own unique flavour and characteristics. Jagged Little Leaf AKA Xing Ren Xiang, or Almond Fragrance we'd classify as a fruity type of Phoenix Dancong oolong tea.
Xing Ren Xiang AKA Ju Duo Zai
Officially known as "Almond Fragrance" (杏仁香), the flavour of this Dancong Oolong is a little fruity, slightly herbal with notes of raw almonds (as opposed to roasted almonds). The leaves of this cultivar are smaller when compared to other Dancong cultivars, and have unique serrated edges – hence the other name for this cultivar, Ju Duo Zai (锯剁仔).
Gong-Fu style (preferred method)
5g per 80 – 100ml of water
93 — 95 degrees Celsius
5 – 10 secs per infusion* (up to 10 infusions)
*First infusion is a quick 3 – 5 sec rinse and isn't drunk.
5g per 300ml of water
93 – 95 degrees Celsius
5g per 500ml of water
8hrs in the fridge
Proper tea storage is super important. Improper storage leads to flat, flavourless and potentially weird tasting tea. So as a rule of thumb, keep your tea leaves in an airtight container (the less air inside the better) and away from heat, light, moisture and strong odours.