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drank Dan Cong by thepuriTea
805 tasting notes

This is another of the samples that I ordered from thepuriTea. Steeped the entire sample in 500 ml. of water in my Breville at the below parameters.

The smell of this in the bag reminded me of the salt in the air by the ocean (grew up near the coast so this was actually very pleasantly nostalgic), combined with the sweetness of honey. The leaves were black, thin and spindly – much different from the rolled oolongs I’ve been seeing.

Once steeped, the smell of the tea is distinctly seaweedy and green, but as it cools, the honey shows back up in the scent. The taste is sort of green and vegetal, too. But the after taste is what sets the tea apart – a fruity, sweet note reminiscent of apricot. Its complexity is absolutely wonderful!

I think this is definitely up there with the milk oolong as far as my favorites from thepuriTea. If I should come into some Christmas money this is definitely on my shopping list!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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