"Lao Cong" means old tree. This "Cong" is different word from the "Cong" used for "Dan Cong". This tea is produced from the tea tree aged around 500 years old. Thanks to the very high mineral content, it gives very strong after taste that lingers on your throat for a long time. I experienced that its flavor remained nearly half an hour after drinking.
The oldest Shui Xian tree in Phoenix Mountain is about 900 years old. Somehow, all kinds of Phoenix tea belongs to the Shui Xian family. Phoenix Shui Xian does not have as striking flavor as compared to the rest of phoenix Dan Cong. Instead, its flavor is slightly woody with hint of dried fruit note. This is the reason that its price is not too high even though tea is made from 500 years old tree. Many enjoy this tea as a daily drinking tea because of its subtle flavor. You can hardly get bored with this tea thanks to its less overwhelming fruity flavor. Initially the infusion is light and clear, then getting thick in taste, and later it returns to an up-coming aromatic flavor lingers for a long time after drinking. The after effect of this tea is impressively strong. For tea enthusiasts who enjoy a delicate flavor yet strong aftertaste, Lao Cong Shui Xian is a great choice. The best part of enjoying this tea is the ascending flavor that comes back right after drinking this tea. Shui Xian is also famous in Wuyi Shan and highly priced in tea market. However, you are not able to find Shui Xian tea tree the age is more than 500 years old in Wuyi Shan.