Lao Cong Shui Xian (Old Tree)

Tea Repertoire



Tea Type: Oolong Tea

Tea Region: Da'an Village, Wu Dong Shan, Guangdong Province, China

Tasting Notes

  • Appearance: Transluscent, amber gold coloured liquor.  
  • Aroma: Honey, floral (orange blossom), ripe fruits (apricot, blackberry), baked bread, tobacco, rosewood.
  • Flavour:  Fruity (peach, guava, grapefruit), Woody (cigar, tobacco, rosewood),  floral (orange blossom) notes. 
  • Mouthfeel: Mellow, supple, medium-bodied, smooth but complex liquor. Long lasting fruity finish. 

Brewing Guidance

  • Measure 1g of tea per 100ml water. Boil water to 85℃. Steep for 4-5 minutes. 

Awards: 1 star at Great Taste Awards 2023

Reference: Op. 132

Tips for Tea Connoisseurs

"Dancong", translated into "single shrub" or "single bush" in Chinese, refers to an individual tea plant cultivated from a variety of Shui Xian cultivar. As the sub-varietals of Shui Xian cultivars grown on the region have very different characteristics in terms of leaf and tree shape, teas made from different individual shrubs happened to develop very distinctive aroma and flavour profile from one to the other, which explains why the oolong teas produced in the region are called as "Dancong Oolong". 

Our Lao Cong Shui Xian Dancong Oolong Tea comes from Da'an Village, Wudong Mountain, 1100m above sea level, which forms the Phoenix Mountain Range (Feng Huang Shan) in eastern Guangdong Province. It has been meticulously hand-rolled and painstakingly charcoal-roasted over a month, to yield a complex liquor that brings out fruity (guava, peach), smoky, woody (rosewood, cigar) notes with a subtle floral note (orange blossom).

Its complexity, depth and versatile flavour profile is somehow reminds of well-aged gushu raw pure (shoeing puerh). An absolute must try for oolong and Chinese tea connoisseurs, this will be also a great addition to your oolong tea repertoire. 

All our phoenix oolong teas come from the 8th generation tea master, Mr. Huang, who has his tea farm in Da'an village in Wu dong Mountain. Mr. Huang's tea garden is a real diversity of old tea trees (gushu) with their age varying between 100 and 600 years old. Made from rare and precious gushu tea trees, his phoenix oolongs offer the very finest, caliber quality. Also, his oolong teas are all organic, as old gushu tea trees are strictly protected by the Chinese government, any pesticide and fertiliser is prohibited in his tea garden. We were really impressed by the diversity of tea cultivars in their tea garden and the quality of their phoenix oolongs during our visit in 2018. 

As with all the teas, oolong tea also offers us health benefits to increase our sense of well-being. Several studies indicate that oolong tea is a rich source of antioxidant polyphenols and it may well be just as beneficial as green tea to promote weight loss and cardiovascular health by reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol. 

If you like this product you may also like  Qi Lai Mountain Concubine Oolong, Heavy Roasted Dong Ding, and Nangang Honey Black.

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