The Night Bloom Fragrance, or Yelaixiang AKA the Tuberose Aroma, is a dancong cultivar we have been trying to find a good example of for years. The first time we had this cultivar, we were blown away by the sweet mix of spices and flowers in the nose and on the tongue, but a lot of the expressions in years to come were slightly lacking, until now. This year, we are happy to say we have found a beautiful example of this cultivar from our makers up in Da'an just North of Wudong Mountain, their trees are all Laocong, or old bushes, and the garden is governmentally protected from all excesses of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
The leaves are obviously less roasted than some of the other offerings this year, and the leaves are a little larger than most. The smell off the dry leaves in a warm gaiwan is divine, a mix of baked bread and stewed oranges with something peppery hiding in the background. When brewed the sweet buttered and honey toast fragrances rise to the top of the wet leaves, and the brew itself is a rich cold hue.
While the fragrance of the leaves start off very fruity and sweet, this tea brews up very meaty, mineral rich, thick in the mouth, and savory as a stew. This deep umami manifests as a quick huigan and eventually levels out back into sweet vegetation by the end of the session. Due to its medium roast, this is a very pleasant tea to drink right away, no need to let it rest anymore!