Review: Vicony Teas WYA3 WuYi Qi Zhong Yanchu

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Thumbs up!"Wild growing Rock Oolong tea from the Nature Reserve of the Wuyi Mountains, biodiversity conservation zone of Southeast China."
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The Qi Zhong Rock Oolong tea grows wild in the Fo Guo Yan area in the Nature Reserve of the Wuyi Mountains, the most outstanding biodiversity conservation zone of Southeast China. It was processed and roasted in the traditional oolong way but the flavor is smoother and less dry than other rock oolong. It's named Feng Xiang (literally Phoenix Fragrance) in Chinese.

Production method is orthodox: plucking, sun withering, room withering, bruising in bamboo trays, wok frying, roasting, rolling, cooling, packing. Vicony Teas tasting notes indicate: complex, flowery and fruity with a lingering aftertaste; light amber liquor.

Dried leaves are dark, medium length, tightly twisted. Aroma is dark woodsy, with tones of chocolate, very light floral. My first brewing, 1 tsp. tea to 8 oz. water at 212F for 20 seconds, longer for following brewings, didn’t produce particularly interesting results. I got a somewhat bland oolong taste and aroma with no subtle overtones, fairly consistent through three brewings. This was very disappointing. I wanted to experience the magnificence of this wild oolong.

The next day I doubled the amount of tea, keeping other parameters the same. I also removed from my premises a bag that had lily of the valley cologne spilled on it, thinking this pungent and sweetly obnoxious odor could be contaminating my sense of smell. The darker brew was a significant improvement. Chocolate overtones emerged. The taste sensation was fuller in my mouth as I attempted to follow the merchant’s recommendation:“one should make contact with the tea soup using every corner of his mouth cavity and every part of his tongue for several times.”

As a naïve oolong taster, I haven’t mastered the full lexicon to describe the subtleties of this tea, but I can say that drinking it I felt transported to a mountainous area amongst these wild tea plants. The taste lingered rich and pure in my mouth, indeed delightfully reaching to every corner. I still didn’t get much of what I’d term flowery or fruity, but rather the wild taste of a high growing flowing plant surviving in a rugged environment. For today, this was plenty for me, but I suspect more discerning taste buds would find additional overtones.

— To purchase Vicony Teas WYA3 WuYi Qi Zhong Yanchu, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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