Eric Chan is a third-generation grower in the Phoenix Mountains melding a reverence for centuries-old varietals with a young thirst for experimentation. This Da Wu Ye variety is known for its aromatic winter harvests. Of all Dan Congs, Da Wu Ye has some of the lowest yield. It's a tea born in cold—picked during the chilliest days of spring and in winter many producers will pick and process a Xue Pian (“Snowflake”) harvest. Winter harvests are more aromatic—volatiles are caked to the leaf by the brisk air. Leaves are sun and indoor withered, heated, rolled, then finished with a charbroiling process—batches are exposed to brief high heat which produces a charcoal finish on the edges.
Region: Feng Huang Shan, Guangdong, China
Variety: Da Wu Ye (Xue Pian)
Elevation: 1,000 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: November 2017
Producer: Eric Chan
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 12oz water | 195F | 3:30 minutes