Da Wu Ye (oolong)
Origin: Phoenix Dan Cong, Wudong Village, Guangdong Province, China
Elevation: 1400 meters
Temperature: 90°-95°C (194°-203°F)
Serving: 5 grams
Vessel: 80 ml gaiwan (serves 3 to 4)
Time: few seconds
Appearance/Taste: big dark twisted leaf, this is a special one in that it is the only dan cong harvested in the winter, hence its fun name "snowflake tea." It is also rare, in that only a small amount is produced each year. While dan cong are teas generally characterized as robust, Da Wu Ye's oxidation level is on the light side, resulting in a delicate sweet floral aroma that lingers on the tongue, bringing on a soft smile.