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drank Dan Cong Classic by TeaSpring
1267 tasting notes

I knew if I started making tea noises in the kitchen, the boyfriend would get up. :D Kitties self-fed today by knocking the food bucket on the floor, so we’ve been allowed to sleep in without having our toes cut to ribbons.

This one I bought solely because of the alternative name ‘honey orchid dan cong’. It’s an attempt to zero in on that lovely oolong from Shang Tea, the one that smells like creme brulee and which, presently, I can’t remember the name of. Jade orchid something or other. Honey orchid sounded rather promising, I thought.

Secondarily, in my mind Dan Cong is indeed a classic oolong. If you ask me spontaneously to think of oolong, there are three that pops into my head immediately. TGY, Dan Cong and Da Hong Pao. Apart from TGY, I’m not too familiar with either of the two others, although I would like to be. I’ve just never explored them. I’ve had them a few times, but I haven’t explored them to the point where I can tell you what they’re like. This was to my own disadvantaged the other day when I was asked about the differences and similarities between a Rou Gui and a Da Hong Pao and was forced to tell the asker I had no clue. Loss of a chance to look smart, there. So yes, the secondary purpose to this particular purchase is also an attempt at an initial step down the road of discovery.

If this is to be a similar alternative to the Orchid Jade Something Something from Shang, then it has already failed on the aroma. It doesn’t smell like creme brulee at all. How disappointing, when one has readied one’s nose for that particular aroma. This does not really bode well for purpose number one, here.

For purpose number two, however, I get to properly familiarise myself with the aroma that it actually has. I feel it’s layered. Very initially when sniffing, it’s very floral. Not the dusty sort of floral that comes with flower scenting, but properly alive still attached to roots in the soil flowers. Along with that there is a distinct sweetness which is not really honey-y, but more sort of nectar-y. Very faintly underneath these notes, there is a woodsy, slightly earthy oolong-y aroma, and if I keep smelling the tea, it builds up and pushes the other two aromas to the background until all I can smell is the woodsy oolong.

Purpose number one, having tasted the tea, is more or less abandoned. Yeah, it’s very sweet and honey-y and all that, but it’s not… It’s just not quite there. It’s not what I was looking for. Purpose number one, we’re still searching. I had small hopes for this one, because the Shang Jade Orchid Something Something was a Fujian and this is from Guandong, which, consulting available literature, is just to the south and southwest of Fujian, so I thought conditions might be sufficiently similar. I think they are, I’m just not looking at the right kind of oolong. I will keep searching.

Purpose number two, familiarising myself, I have to say it tastes exactly like it smells. First there is floral and honey-nectar-y sweetness, and then oolong swoops in and hijacks the flavour. When it cools a bit, that honey-nectar-y business is not to be trifled with however, and it puts up a damn good fight in the background. This makes the entire flavour profile seem very thick textured and creamy, in spite of a small amount of astringency. It’s not quite caramel-y but maybe more sort of a proto-caramel. A caramel stem cell flavour, sort of.

And this brings us back to purpose number one, because hey! Now that it’s cooled a bit and I get all that floral sweetness I just mentioned? We’re suddenly a LOT closer to that Orchid Something Something Jade business, and I don’t think I will rule this out as a more easily acquired replacement after all. It’s not exactly the same, but given a little cooling time, I find it’s suddenly got a lot of the same sort of qualities that I liked in the other one. The Shang oolong has this one beat for awesomeness, certainly, but this one (purpose number two) is also very very good all in its own right.

And that post looks a bit confusing even to me. I hope some sense can be wrestled out of it.

ScottTeaMan

I tried their Feng Huan Dan Cong, and thought it was delicious. Using short steeps, I managed 6 or7 quality infusions. I hate that I forgot to review it on their website.

Angrboda

I usually forget to do that. Thanks for reminding me. No use in squandering points. :)

ScottTeaMan

I was wrong …….my review is on their site…05/18/2008. It was another tea I forgot to rate. :))

TeaBrat

The Dan cong is the next thing on my list to try… :)

Geoffrey

Angrboda, are you talking about the Clear Jade Orchid oolong from Shang Tea?

http://www.shangtea.com/clear-jade-orchid

The only other Fujian tea with “orchid” in it’s name that comes to mind is Qi Lan “Rare Orchid” Wuyi oolong:

http://www.teatrekker.com/shop/qui-lan/

Also worth trying if you can find a quality example of it. I have not tried the one linked to, but I just received an amazing Mi Lan “Honey Orchid” Dancong from Tea Trekker, so I imagine their other offerings are pretty good.

Angrboda

Geoffrey, yes that’s the one. I was too lazy to look it up. :p
I’ve never had anything from teatrekker, but shopping with them would be even more unpractical than to attempt to shop from Shang again, because Teatrekker will only ship to the UK in Europe, so I would have to get friends or the boyfriend’s family to receive and forward it to me in Denmark… And yeah, I’m just not going to bother, really… I’ve got a name to work with there, though, so I’ll just keep looking. I’ll be keeping an eye out for what you thought of this one when/if you post about it. :)

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ScottTeaMan

I tried their Feng Huan Dan Cong, and thought it was delicious. Using short steeps, I managed 6 or7 quality infusions. I hate that I forgot to review it on their website.

Angrboda

I usually forget to do that. Thanks for reminding me. No use in squandering points. :)

ScottTeaMan

I was wrong …….my review is on their site…05/18/2008. It was another tea I forgot to rate. :))

TeaBrat

The Dan cong is the next thing on my list to try… :)

Geoffrey

Angrboda, are you talking about the Clear Jade Orchid oolong from Shang Tea?

http://www.shangtea.com/clear-jade-orchid

The only other Fujian tea with “orchid” in it’s name that comes to mind is Qi Lan “Rare Orchid” Wuyi oolong:

http://www.teatrekker.com/shop/qui-lan/

Also worth trying if you can find a quality example of it. I have not tried the one linked to, but I just received an amazing Mi Lan “Honey Orchid” Dancong from Tea Trekker, so I imagine their other offerings are pretty good.

Angrboda

Geoffrey, yes that’s the one. I was too lazy to look it up. :p
I’ve never had anything from teatrekker, but shopping with them would be even more unpractical than to attempt to shop from Shang again, because Teatrekker will only ship to the UK in Europe, so I would have to get friends or the boyfriend’s family to receive and forward it to me in Denmark… And yeah, I’m just not going to bother, really… I’ve got a name to work with there, though, so I’ll just keep looking. I’ll be keeping an eye out for what you thought of this one when/if you post about it. :)

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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