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I was really looking forward to trying this sample today, but also unsure of how to steep it. Norbu’s instructions recommend the gong fu method so I thought I would try it that way.

My first steep was for a 1 minute infusion in the Jingdezhen gaiwan pictured here: http://www.redblossomtea.com/teaware/gaiwan/gaiwan-spring.html

I got a nice organish-brown infusion which smells faintly of malt. Now that I’ve had a few dan cong oolongs I am really picking out that flavor in this tea, but this is darker, more robust. Really not sure about it, a bit on the side of bitterness for me.

2nd steep: 30 seconds. To me it smells a bit malty, I can’t find the honey flavors that others have described. It’s woody, sour & astringent. the other reviewers loved this tea but it’s leaving a bad feeling in my stomach, so out it goes.

Sorry Norbu, this one is not for me… evidently I am really picky about all things dan cong related :(

Please let me know if anyone wants the remaining 5g of this sample, the other reviewers loved it. I hate giving a bad review to a tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Dorothy

Oooh me! I’d love to try the 5g and send you a few samples in exchange. :) Shoot me a PM when you’re available.

TeaBrat

It’s yours!

teaddict

He does class this one as a black tea, noting the Dan Cong as the varietal tea plant it comes from. I would not expect it to be very like an oolong based on Greg’s description, and would not judge it like one.

TeaBrat

@teaddict – I know it’s a black tea, I wasn’t expecting it to be like an oolong. :)

Charles Thomas Draper

I guess I won’t order this one

TeaBrat

@Charles, well you should read the other reviews as well. :)

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Dorothy

Oooh me! I’d love to try the 5g and send you a few samples in exchange. :) Shoot me a PM when you’re available.

TeaBrat

It’s yours!

teaddict

He does class this one as a black tea, noting the Dan Cong as the varietal tea plant it comes from. I would not expect it to be very like an oolong based on Greg’s description, and would not judge it like one.

TeaBrat

@teaddict – I know it’s a black tea, I wasn’t expecting it to be like an oolong. :)

Charles Thomas Draper

I guess I won’t order this one

TeaBrat

@Charles, well you should read the other reviews as well. :)

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