Middle Mountain "Lao Xian Ong" Dan Cong Oolong Tea * Spring 2018

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Apricot, Astringent, Baked Bread, Bitter, Butter, Cherry, Coriander, Earth, Fruity, Grapefruit, Grass, Green Apple, Green Bell Peppers, Green Wood, Honey, Jasmine, Lemon Zest, Lychee, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Orchid, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pineapple, Plum, Spinach, Sugarcane, Violet, White Grapes
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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Lao Xian Ong (“Ong” is local dialect for “Weng”) 老仙翁 (meaning is Old and Venerable Immortal or Old Sage) is a varietal of Dan Cong with more than a 1000 years of history. The oldest living tree is in Li Zai Ping, this “Mother Tree” is 400 years old and still producing.

Our offering was grown at 800 meters (this is considered “Middle Mountain”) and comes from bushes and trees between 30 and 40 years old growing in Tian Zhu Keng Village area.

Lao Xian Ong is a medium-small leaf size, with dark-olive pigmentation. During rolled tight during processing and. The tea is sweet, bitter, with a strong pungent taste and strong huigan. The aroma is more subdued when compared with Song Zhong or Xing Ren Aroma Dan Cong’s. It makes up for that with it’s strong cha qi, huigan and buttery body.

May 2018 Harvest

Lao Xian Ong/Weng Varietal 老仙翁

Altitude: 800 meters

Area: Tian Zhu Keng Village, Wu Dong Shan, Guangdong

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Here is another review that is going to be a struggle to write. Not only are the notes from my review session a total mess, but I also recall this tea being a pain to brew and very challenging to drink. Even when I felt like I was starting to get a feel for it, the tea was fighting me. Belligerent beverages are not fun.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a 10 second rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 fluid ounces of 203 F water for 6 seconds. This infusion was chased by 16 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of nectarine, peach, plum, cream, custard, vanilla, and orchid. After the rinse, aromas or butter, orange blossom, roasted almond, grass, and sugarcane made themselves known. The first infusion added aromas of cherry and pomegranate as well as much subtler honey and jasmine presences. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered up notes of grass, orchid, sugarcane, honey, roasted almond, butter, peach, and nectarine that were balanced by subtler notes of tart cherry, baked bread, earth, plum, orange blossom, pomegranate, and roasted peanut. The majority of the subsequent infusions added aromas of lychee, white grape, baked bread, pineapple, roasted peanut, violet, coriander, and green bell pepper in addition to a stronger honey aroma and a subtle woody fragrance. Stronger and more immediately uncovered notes of tart cherry, plum, and pomegranate appeared in the mouth along with mineral, green apple, coriander, lychee, white grape, lemon zest, pineapple, violet, orange zest, sour apricot, green wood, grapefruit pith, and green bell pepper. Hints of spinach, jasmine, and pear were present as well. As my review session progressed, the liquor grew increasingly astringent and bitter. As the tea gradually faded, the liquor emphasized notes of minerals, grass, grapefruit pith, roasted almond, green apple, sour apricot, butter, lemon zest, orange zest, sugarcane, and green wood that were chased by lingering pineapple, pear, sour cherry, green bell pepper, coriander, baked bread, orchid, violet, plum, spinach, and white grape hints before a bracing bitterness and mouth puckering astringency took hold and washed all of the remaining flavor away.

This tea was a mixed bag. It displayed a wonderful mix of complementary aroma and flavor components and retained a good deal of character throughout a gongfu session. The tea liquor also displayed nice body and texture in the mouth. Unfortunately, the tea also frequently came off as hyperactive, temperamental, and unfocused before becoming just totally unhinged due to the ever increasing bitterness and astringency. By the time I wrapped my session up, it had become a chore to drink. Something was way off here, but I could tell that this tea was, at its core, a very strong offering that just could not hold it together. Hopefully future offerings of this type will show improvement.

Flavors: Almond, Apricot, Astringent, Baked Bread, Bitter, Butter, Cherry, Coriander, Earth, Fruity, Grapefruit, Grass, Green Apple, Green Bell Peppers, Green Wood, Honey, Jasmine, Lemon Zest, Lychee, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Orchid, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pineapple, Plum, Spinach, Sugarcane, Violet, White Grapes

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Leafhopper

Those initial aromas and flavours sounded promising. Too bad the tea went off the rails.

eastkyteaguy

Yeah, I was really hoping for something great out of this tea, but it didn’t quite get there. I couldn’t hate it though, because there was more than enough to suggest that there was a great tea in there somewhere. That bracing, overwhelming bitterness and that heavy astringency just got to be too much for me. I know that Dancong can get bitter and astringent, especially when brewed traditionally, but this tea was on another level in that regard. I don’t know. It’s a shame. I loved the spring 2017 high mountain version of this tea. I wanted to love this one too, but I just couldn’t.

Leafhopper

Yeah, Dancongs can get bitter, especially in the last half of the session. It sounds like Yunnan Sourcing’s offerings are kind of hit or miss, though it’s neat that they carry some lesser-known varietals. I’d highly recommend the Dancongs from Wuyi Origin, though I’ve only tried two of them. Their Old Bush Mi Lan Xiang is excellent and their Ya Shi Xiang is fruity and less roasty than that style sometimes is.

eastkyteaguy

I’ve had their Xing Ren Xiang, and it was great. Xing Ren Xiang is extremely hit or miss for me too, but I loved that one. I think you are now the second person to recommend their Old Bush Mi Lan Xiang to me. I’ll try to make a point of checking it out in the near future.

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