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drank Dan Cong Feng Huang by THE O DOR
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This was a sample, very kindly provided by the Theodor shop when I was not quite sure about the scent of this. And after dividing the sample in two and having it twice I am still a bit unsure about this but sort of glad I did not get 100 grams of this – in most shops it would have indeed been the best choice, but not in that particular one.

My first attempt at this failed, I used too much water. This my second and final attempt worked much better. It is a chinese dark oolong, with a definite personality. It is wonderfully complex and very smooth. There is this richness to its flavours, which OK yes reminds me of chocolate, dark (not malty) chocolate. And there is a note as well which reminds me of tobacco, raw tobacco (I do not mean smoke!), and this is where it baffles me. Like seaweed notes, I do not like tobacco notes.

I can not really rate this properly, it is a wonderful high quality tea, which I am drinking with pleasure but which just escapes being a tea I love, because of my own personal likes and dislikes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

did you use such an hot water for both testings ? on my bag Theodor said to use water at 75°C and I didn’t get the tobacco notes – however I was careful and didn’t steep it more than 3 min. do you want me to send you some more to retest it ?

cteresa

That might be it, I used almost boiling water! My bag had no temperature and it looked like black tea (well, it was not!) so of course did not check.

Your offer is veyr kind, but no need – I liked this enough, better not risk falling in love with it far in advance of how soon I can justify a Theodor order!

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Ysaurella

did you use such an hot water for both testings ? on my bag Theodor said to use water at 75°C and I didn’t get the tobacco notes – however I was careful and didn’t steep it more than 3 min. do you want me to send you some more to retest it ?

cteresa

That might be it, I used almost boiling water! My bag had no temperature and it looked like black tea (well, it was not!) so of course did not check.

Your offer is veyr kind, but no need – I liked this enough, better not risk falling in love with it far in advance of how soon I can justify a Theodor order!

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

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