Any serious tea drinker knows how important water is to tea, just like what a soul mate can do to ones life. Tea is who we are, water can change tea as a mate can change us. The best of tea can be awaken by the best matching water, just as the hidden potential in us can be brought to to life with the right person.
Recently, Martha and Richard gave me a big jug of Spring water from Frasier Mountain which they filled up on a trip. It is the best spring water I find in the states that is best for Dan Cong oolong. After testing with several 2012 and 2013 DCs, all of them performed much better, the aroma has re-bloomed, the taste is sweeter and richer. After so many years of brewing DC, I am so deceived to assume I can not mess up a brew too badly. When the characters of DC are not so up front, I just assumed the it is lacking in some ways. In fact they are there asleep, all it takes is the right water to wake them up.
One of the ugly ducklings is the 2012 Hong Di - Red Stem, every sip is a spring blossom down the throat, then comes the soothing honey nectar, finished with a mouth full of fragrance. Just as a rich and beautiful DC should be.