Tea Habitat: 2011 Jiang Mu Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong
Ginger Flower Fragrance
Original Mother Tree
I brewed 5 grams in a porcelain gaiwan with family. I tried to go light on it and then expand the brewing parameters. The leaf aroma in the hot gaiwan was quite beautiful. It had that DC broad complex floral palate.
Can a tea be both delicate yet carry depth? This one seemed to. It is hard to not get worked up about the opportunity to drink a mother tree tea. The heavens did not part, but it wasin line with the top-high end samples Imen brewed for me in LA. (that post to come, I am way behind!)
I do not pretend to understand all the classes of exotic eastern flower smells these teas apparently exude.
As with the other top DC's, this one did not go bitter. However DC has that relatively fragile boundry between extracting flavor and going to far and "cooking the egg." I felt that some of my brews explored that realm. In the end it is a very sophisticated subtle tea. It was not that bigger rich "chicken soup" kind of DC. Nice long permeance in the mouth from it's essence. The lighter brews brought out more of a honeysuckle sweetness.