Thursday, December 13, 2007

Yu Lan Xiang Magnolia Fragrance

Day one of a four day Phoenix Oolong event.

The White Leaf Dan Cong roasted at Tea Habitat was a pleasure to drink, though it was hardly subtle. This Yu Lan Xiang is obviously a more refined tea: it has a pronounced honey-like texture and the floral flavor sneaks up on you. Having never eaten a magnolia, or been sufficiently attentive to their smell, I can't say whether the floral flavor is clearly magnolia-ish. The flavor, though, is sort of soft. Much more like a discernible but distant flower smell than like rolling around in a patch. According to the description, Chinese women are known to use this as a perfume. If so, I bet it is fairly pleasant. Better than anything I've smelled from Karen's Vogue, anyway. So I can recognize the quality, this is surely an excellent tea. That said, it is not something I'd choose to drink all the time.

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Imen said...

You are brave! That tea looks strong.

Dave said...

Hope I didn't brew it too strong!

I brewed it in a fairly normal way: about 45 seconds in a gaiwan that was half full of tea. The tea may look strong because the cup and gaiwan are big: about 150ml.

Imen said...

Well, it's a personal choice ultimately.

But do try brewing it a lot lighter, the floral aroma is more subtle and distanced.

2g to 100ml, 30-45 sec, the fact that you don't have much more of this left now, this's ought to do it. :)

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