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drank Magnolia Dan Cong by TeaCuppa
1311 tasting notes

Sample three out of ten this week.

This is one that Auggy sent to me. Auggy is special because it has previously been determined that she and I have nearly identical taste buds. It’s uncanny how much we agree on the subject of tea sometimes. Consequently she has never managed to send me something I didn’t like. She has sent me things I didn’t love, but never things I didn’t enjoy immensely. And I feel pretty safe in that regard anyway, because we also dislike many of the same things so it would be unlikely that she would own them in the first place.

I have to say, though, this one is a bit peculiar. I have been wary of it for a long time now, I think Auggy sent me this package in summer. It definitely wasn’t too long after we moved in here. I’m not very keen on flower scented ones, and I have slowly started to figure out which flowers I can tolerate best and which flowers mean there’s a risk of disaster. Magnolia so far has been in the former category (if anybody’s curious, jasmine is in the latter), but still. Flowers. Wibble

This is the week for it, though! It’s like Brave Week. So I took this one, and I made me a semi-gong fu-y cup.

At the first sip, I had already forgotten about the magnolia aspect and thought I was just going to get an ordinary sip of ordinary Dan Cong. After I had recuperated from that little nasty shock, I found that there wasn’t really anything to be afraid of here. When you don’t expect magnolia, it tastes extremely odd, by the way.

I’m getting the oolong through the scenting loud and clear, but it’s sufficiently masked that I can’t get much of an impression of it. It could be almost any dark oolong, to be honest. I’m not sure about this honey note that TeaCuppa is talking about. Maybe it’s there but it’s so elusive for me that I can’t seem to pin it down.

The scenting is not too powerful at first, but this is not something that’s suitable for my mug size. It really needs to be drunk before it cools off too much, because the scenting gets stronger as it cools. So while it was pretty mild and pleasant while it was piping hot, it’s taking a nose dive into Perfumeville now that it’s cooled off considerably. That’s a shame. I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve somehow wrecked it by not drinking it fast enough.

TeaEqualsBliss

Auggy IS special!!!!! :)

Auggy

Hehe, aw, thanks! :) You know the funny thing? The last couple of times I’ve had this tea, I’ve been rather confused by it. The second time I had it, I used lots of leaf (and a small cup – maybe that is the key, like you mention) and found it pretty groovy, but since then (and the first time) it was just sort of mild and faint and… there. I haven’t had it in a while actually because, aside from that second cup, it’s been rather uninspiring. I just blamed it on my general lack of familiarity with dan cong. Might have to bring this one out again today and see how it does.

ScottTeaMan

I’ve never had flavored or scented Dan Congs, but I find you do have to me more patient with them at first (at least I did), until I got the hang of it. That is true of other teas too. :))

Thomas Smith

“Magnolia” is a reference to the cultivar – Dancongs are named after strains of tea bushes that are grown from mother clonal trees/bushes exhibiting particular fragrances. When you see “Magnolia,” “Pomelo,” “Almond,” or “Ginger” preceding the names of Dancongs, it means the leaves have natural characteristics supposedly similar to the flowers of these plants. Of course, this group of oolongs as a whole has the tricky tendency of expressing some of the widest range of flavor shifts with slight changes in brewing parameters, so an Almond Fragrance Phoenix Oolong can taste more honey-like than a Honey Fragrance and the latter can come off as more nutty than honey-like if brewed a certain way or judged off any infusion before the 3rd or 4th. They have given me a real run for my money in trying to create baseline brewing recommendations, but it sure is fun being kept on your toes and never knowing what the same tea may taste like.

I haven’t been active on Steepster in quite some time, but get email notices when you post and always love reading your reviews, whether I’m participating or not. Happy to see this tea pop up, even if it wasn’t the best one to your tastes!

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TeaEqualsBliss

Auggy IS special!!!!! :)

Auggy

Hehe, aw, thanks! :) You know the funny thing? The last couple of times I’ve had this tea, I’ve been rather confused by it. The second time I had it, I used lots of leaf (and a small cup – maybe that is the key, like you mention) and found it pretty groovy, but since then (and the first time) it was just sort of mild and faint and… there. I haven’t had it in a while actually because, aside from that second cup, it’s been rather uninspiring. I just blamed it on my general lack of familiarity with dan cong. Might have to bring this one out again today and see how it does.

ScottTeaMan

I’ve never had flavored or scented Dan Congs, but I find you do have to me more patient with them at first (at least I did), until I got the hang of it. That is true of other teas too. :))

Thomas Smith

“Magnolia” is a reference to the cultivar – Dancongs are named after strains of tea bushes that are grown from mother clonal trees/bushes exhibiting particular fragrances. When you see “Magnolia,” “Pomelo,” “Almond,” or “Ginger” preceding the names of Dancongs, it means the leaves have natural characteristics supposedly similar to the flowers of these plants. Of course, this group of oolongs as a whole has the tricky tendency of expressing some of the widest range of flavor shifts with slight changes in brewing parameters, so an Almond Fragrance Phoenix Oolong can taste more honey-like than a Honey Fragrance and the latter can come off as more nutty than honey-like if brewed a certain way or judged off any infusion before the 3rd or 4th. They have given me a real run for my money in trying to create baseline brewing recommendations, but it sure is fun being kept on your toes and never knowing what the same tea may taste like.

I haven’t been active on Steepster in quite some time, but get email notices when you post and always love reading your reviews, whether I’m participating or not. Happy to see this tea pop up, even if it wasn’t the best one to your tastes!

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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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