Qi Dan is a realtively new varietal that is a cross between a Dan Gui Bush which is itself a hybrid and Qi Lan (Dan Gui is a modern Wu Yi Rock Oolong which was created in the 1980's from a hybrid of both Da Hong Pao and Rou Gui.)
Our Qi Dan is grown in the "Shui Lian Dong" area within the "Zheng Yan" area of Wu Yi. Zheng Yan (正岩) refers to the innermost protected area of the Wu Yi Heritage site. It's a protected area separate from the scenic area and outsiders are not allowed inside. The "Zheng Yan Growing Area" refers to these tea gardens: tiānxīn yán/天心岩, mǎ tóu yán/马头岩, huìyuàn/慧苑, zhú kē/竹窠, bì shí/碧石, yànzi kē/燕子窠, jiǔlóng kē/九龙窠, yù cháyuán/御茶园, yù huā dòng/玉花洞, shuǐ lián dòng/水帘洞, fo guó/佛国, táohuā dòng/桃花洞, guìlín/桂林, sān yǎng fēng děng děng/三仰峰等等.
The result is a unique floral sweet oolong tea with an incredibly pungent aroma and viscous tea soup.
Medium leaf size, with medium-light roasting preserves most of the green in the leaf. This processing gives the tea a balanced complexity that is both unique and pleasant.
May 2016 Harvest
May-August Processing (Roasting and Resting)