Middle Mountain "Ye Lai Xiang" Dan Cong Oolong Tea * Spring 2018
Brand: Yunnan Sourcing Tea Shop
"Ye Lai Xiang" literally means Night Blooming Jasmine Aroma (Cestrum nocturnum) 夜来香花. It's a aromatic Dan Cong which has been grown for centuries in and around Shi Tou Jiao (at the foot of the rocks) Village. The original "Mother Tree" is 300 years old and grows just outside the Shi Tou Jiao village (a higher elevation village).
This is a lovely middle mountain (中山) elevation Mi Lan Xiang (蜜兰香) from Da An village, grown at an altitude of roughly 900 meters from decades old tea bushes.
Ye Lai Xiang Dan Cong Oolong tea is considered a rare tea because it is not widely cultivated. Processing style is green with short roasting times to coax out the Night Blooming Jasmine aroma that it carries.
Leaf size is largish, processing style is light wither and low temp short roasts. Tea soup is yellow-gold, thick bodied, and highly infusable.
Strong and thick tea, golden yellow tea soup, powerful honey and "Ye Lai" aroma. Perfect balance of sweet, bitter, floral and umami with a long lasting mouth-feeling. Cha Qi is powerful and clean.
Roast level: Light-Medium
May 2018 harvest from Da An Village
Only 12 kilograms in total produced!
Ye Lai Xiang Varietal 夜来香
Altitude: 900 meters