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2022 Xing Hua Xiang Dancong

2022 Xing Hua Xiang Dancong

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Dancong Named For
Apricot Blossom Aroma
"Apricot Blossom" Dancong is one of Huang Ruiguang’s rare old-growth high elevation Wudongshan varietals, given over 20 hours of hand-finishing to bring out complex notes of candied orange, apricot blossom, sweet cream and cedar.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wudongshan, Guangdong
Dancong Named For
Apricot Blossom Aroma
"Apricot Blossom" Dancong is one of Huang Ruiguang’s rare old-growth high elevation Wudongshan varietals, given over 20 hours of hand-finishing to bring out complex notes of candied orange, apricot blossom, sweet cream and cedar.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wudongshan, Guangdong
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Crafted by Huang Rui Guang

Recognized by Chaozhou as a living cultural treasure, Master Huang Ruiguang is the grandfather of modern Dancong. His status and award-winning history give him and his family picking rights to one of the best old-growth Dancong plots in Wudongshan.
 
Huang Ruiguang is devoted to continuing his work as a steward of rare ancient Dancong and as a teacher to nearly every family in the village, setting the standard for what defines the very best in competition-level taste, texture and aroma.
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2022
    • Wudong ShanGuangdong Province
    • ELEVATION1000 METERS
    • Xing Hua XiangTea Varietal

    Xing Hua Xiang, or Apricot Flower Aroma is an extremely rare varietal hand picked and hand processed by Huang Ruiguang and his sons on their high elevation plot in Wudongshan. Huang Ruiguang has selected this as a standout representation of his reserve collection, the limited old growth teas he cultivates on his favorite tiny Wudongshan plot that is perfectly situated for the right amount of sunlight hours per day. The result is a deeply aromatic, but mineral-rich tea with a well-balanced profile and a luscious sweet aftertaste that lingers for hours. Huang Ruiguang and his sons treat this tea to meticulous yaoqing finishing without the use of any machinery using traditional techniques and a bamboo basket. Master Huang's work in Dancong tasting and agriculture has won him countless awards and recognition, a biography in a 2015 published book on the history of Dancong, and leadership in every convention and tasting event in Guangdong.

  • true
    70
    rose, apricot blossom
    true
    75
    candied orange zest
    true
    75
    ginger, cedar
    true
    80
    sweet cream, flan
    true
    cooling, honeyed, thick

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - rose, apricot blossom
    • fruit - candied orange zest
    • spice - ginger, cedar
    • savory - sweet cream, flan
    • texture - cooling, honeyed, thick

Huang Ruiguang also recommends

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    Da Wu Ye is a truly unique varietal in its intense savory and spicy notes. While most Dancong is all about perfumed floral aromatics, this tea is about texture and flavor. Da Wu Ye varietal takes its name from the unusually large deep green leaves. This harvest comes from mid-elevation Wudongshan stock, picked once a year and processed over 24 hours to bring out the deep savory undertones.
  2. 2022 Ya Shi Dancong
    2022 Ya Shi Dancong
    Ya Shi is infamous for its name- which translates to "Duck Droppings." The story is that this varietal was so delicious and so scarce that the locals wanted to think of a name that would stop anyone from trying the tea to keep the secret for themselves. Naming aside, Huang Ruiguang's family Ya Shi Dancong is picked once a year from well-situated mature stock in the famous Wudong Shan region, and brews with a startlingly consistent ginseng-dominant focus and intense sweetness.
  3. 2022 Ba Xian Dancong
    2022 Ba Xian Dancong
    八仙 or Ba Xian references the eight Taoist immortals, a truly evocative name for a truly unique tea. Huang Ruiguang says that originally, there were eight trees growing next to each other, each with a different flavor and appearance, like the Taoist Immortals. Today, five of the eight original trees still remain. Huang Ruiguang’s tree has one of the most perfectly situated east-facing high elevation slopes on Wudongshan, earned for a lifetime of contribution to Fenghuang as an agricultural pioneer and master taster. His Ba Xian Dancong is lush and juicy, full of tropical flower and fruit flavors, coaxed out over 24 hours of intense hand processing.
  • 'An accomplished technical master of tea, Huang Rui Guang is affectionately called a ‘modern tea sage’ by many. He likes to say that one love is enough in life, and his is tea. This excerpt is an attempt to portray a small piece of one man’s contributions to and love of tea'

  • 5-10
    6-8
    208
    20 seconds
    10
    10
    6
    208
    6 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5-10 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    10 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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