A young monk once asked the wise tea master Lao Cha:
– Sensei, out of all the wonderful Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong teas, which one is the most precious gem?
– It is Ye Lai Xiang, that smells like a jasmine flower blooming at night. Its taste and aroma are so tender and so exquisite. This Oolong is not just tea. It is poetry.
Lai Xiang (means “night-blooming jasmine aroma”), is named after the tuberose flower which blooms at night. Ye Lai Xiang Dan Cong Oolong is considered a rare tea for it is not widely cultivated. Ye Lai Xiang has been grown for centuries on the Phoneix (Fenghuang) Mountains and is one of the gems of Dan Cong teas.
• Place of Origin: Phoenix Mountain (Fenghuang), Guandong, China
• Harvest Time: March 16, 2017
• Plucking Standard: One bud with two leaves
• Dry Leaf: Thick and bold strips, slightly twisted, very dark green color
• Aroma: Scent of milk and jasmine
• Taste: Lingering taste of jasmine. Smooth, mellow and sweet with long lasting soy milk finish.
How to brew loose leaf tea, Western Method:
How to brew loose leaf tea, GongFu style: