• HOME >
  • Types of Tea


The quality and characteristic of Phoenix Dan Cong oolong varies a lot on each batch. As this tea is one of very important groups of tea in our lineup, we only purchase this tea visiting the production site after tasting many different batches. This is the 6th time I visited there.

The reason why we are not visiting Phoenix town in April

The plucking of Phoenix Dan Cong oolong is carried out in April. Fresh leaves are plucked and withered, and undergone series of fermentation steps to process it into mao-cha. The mao-cha of Phoenix Dan Cong oolong gives green grassy or herbs flavor. The mao-cha is collected by the master who conducts firing process. The firing process is conducted with charcoal fire for more than 24 hours. For every 1-2 hours, tea is removed from the fire and then gently remixed so as to redistribute the moisture evenly. The manufacturer therefore cannot sleep continuously more than 2 hours during the tea firing season. For firing Phoeonix Dan Cong oolong, the temperature should be not too high. Once tea is baked at too high temperature, it causes scorched flavor on tea. In other words, the firing of Phoenix Dan Cong oolong required extremely high skills, lots of patient and care on each tea. Thanks to the highly skilled-required firing process, the flavor of tea changes from green celery note to sweet fruity flavor. I am visiting Phoenix town in June or July since it is just a right timing that the firing of tea is generally completed. For some special tea, we also discuss with manufacturer for further firing. Depending on the type of Dan Cong tree, some tea produces more attractive flavor with further firing process. We can discuss with the manufacturer and decide what to do on the spot if we are visiting there.

There are many old tea tree in WU Dong Shan

Oolong tasting marathon

As previous year, we bought more than 20 types of Phoenix Dan Cong oolong this year. On that day, I arrived the factory at around noon, yet I only managed to finish our tasting at around 3am. For tasting tea, it is not necessary to drink. Just like wine tasting, we can judge the taste once we put tea in our mouth. However, we did not dare to do that since Phoenix Dan Cong tea is so expensive and I was not brave enough to do it in front of the Phoenix Dan Cong master. After tasting tea for nearly 12 hours, I have tasted and drunk more than 100 rounds of tea. No matter how good tea is for health, too much tea is not appropriate. The next day, I felt extremely tired as if I was coming back from the mountain climbing.

The mountain of brewed tea leaves.

We have bought around 20 types of Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong. They will arrive in September or October since we need to conduct series of pesticide analysis. However, I always suggest the tea of last year or even older. Tea will usually mature very well and produces very intense fruity flavor if we keep it in the environment that contains low moisture and no oxygen.

Related Articles

How to get the latest update on HOJO Tea?

1. Follow Twitter, 2. Click "Like" on Facebook, and 3. Subscribe in newsletter. You can have the latest tea news from HOJO Tea.

Subscribe the Newsletter to enjoy the privileges
You may receive a free sample upon purchase, or you may have the priority to purchase special products. So please remember to subscribe our newsletter as well as the social network.
  •                 

HOJO TEA Online Shop NEWSlist

New Release of Da Xue Shan Wild White Tea 2020
We have launched Da Xue Shan Wild White Tea 2020, in loose tea. For Malaysia, we release the 200g cake version. This year, we have made major improvements in the raw material, producer, and production method, resulting in a very satisfying quality. However, the production volume is extremely small; it will likely to be sold …
Da Xue Shan Wild Raw Pu-erh Tea 2020 was Released
We have launched 2020 wild puerh tea. This wild tea is from Da Xue Shan located in Lincang of Yunnan Province, China. We started to introduce Da Xue Shan Wild tea since 2010. But 2020 version was completely renewed. This year, we changed the source of tea, the producers and the production method too. Why …

NEW ARTICLES

New Release of Da Xue Shan Wild White Tea 2020
We have launched Da Xue Shan Wild White Tea 2020, in loose tea. For Malaysia, we release the 200g cake version. This year, we have made major improvements in the raw material, producer, and production method, resulting in a very satisfying quality. However, the production volume is extremely small; it will likely to be sold …
Limited Release of Yunnan 10 Years Vintage Black Tea 2010
We release 10-year vintage Yunnan black tea. This tea was produced in 2010 and aged in Yunnan for 8 years in aerobic storage. We bought this year in 2018, and it has been aged in Japan and Malaysia for two years in anoxic storage condition. The production area is very near to the Myanmar border …
Da Xue Shan Wild Raw Pu-erh Tea 2020 was Released
We have launched 2020 wild puerh tea. This wild tea is from Da Xue Shan located in Lincang of Yunnan Province, China. We started to introduce Da Xue Shan Wild tea since 2010. But 2020 version was completely renewed. This year, we changed the source of tea, the producers and the production method too. Why …
High Mountain Purple Black Tea 2020 is Now Available
We have released High Mountain Purple Black Tea 2020. It was unexpectedly well-made this year. I am truly delighted by its outcome. About Purple Tea The High Mountain Purple tea is made from the specific type of tea, the locals called it “Zi Cha”, that means purple tea in English. It is a rare tea …
We have released the Flower of Ancient Tea Tree
We have released the Flower of Ancient Tea Tree. This is the fresh tea flowers hand-picked from old tea trees of ancient tea gardens. The tea garden is totally sustainable, with natural farming practice and no pesticide or fertilizer at all. The tea garden is located at altitude of 2000-2200m in the western part of …
Limited Sales of Single Tree Raw Pu-erh,White and Black tea 2019
We have released Single Tree Pu-erh Tea 2019. Literally, the single tree tea is harvested and processed only from one single tea tree. Each single tree tea is sourced from the high mountain in west Lincang, the altitude is at around 2000-2200m. Thick Taste of Old Tree We selected particularly old tea tree for making …
Lapsang Souchong Qi Zhong from Tong Mu Guan in Wuyi Mountain
We have released Lapsang Souchong Qi Zhong. It is the most premium Lapsang Souchong in HOJO’s line-up. This tea is from Tong Mu Guan in Wuyi Mountain. Qi Zhong is seed-grown tea tree, and tea garden is totally sustainable. Unlike ordinary black tea, this unique black tea gives strong fruity flavor  reminiscent of peaches and …
Amazing difference between seedling tea and cultivated tea
Do you know that tea is divided into two groups: cultivated tea propagated by cuttings, and seedling tea grown from seed?There is actually a big difference between cultivated tea and seedling tea. What is Cultivar? The cultivated tea refers to tea with a name of specific cultivar, such as Yabukita, Benifuki, Okumidori, Tie Guan Yin, …
Da Cha Lin Raw Pu-erh Tea 2019 is available in our store
We have released two types of unique raw pu-erh tea, Da Cha Lin Raw Pu-erh Tea and Da Cha Lin Purple Tea. Da Cha Lin means the forest of huge tea tree. Literally, Da Cha Lin is made from huge ancient tea trees which supposed to be processed for single tree tea. It gives outstandingly …
Limited Release of Special Taiwan Oolong Tea
In 2019, we bought three types of special Taiwan oolong tea in addition to our standard line-ups. These teas are the limited tea since we may not be able to get the same quality tea every year. Introducing the unique tea as a special grade Every year we visit Taiwan and conduct tea tasting to …

PAGETOP