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Semi-Wild Yulan Dancong Early Autumn 2011

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From DeRen Tea

Harvest Year: 2011

Season: Early Autumn

Source: Mt. Phoenix, Guangdong Province, China

Grade: DeRen Reserve

Product #: 11ylx01

Our semi-wild Yulan (Magnolia) Dancong is a high-fragrance well-crafted tea from Mt. Phoenix in Guangdong province, China. The tea farm which produce this tea has dedicate an entire hillside for tea bushes to grow with minimal management. The tea bushes here grow like wild tea bushes. These bushes are much less productive than regular tea bushes. However, the quality of the tea made from these bushes are exceptional.

The liquor of this tea is very aromatic and fragrantful. You can easily smell the fresh floral note from this tea. In addition, the liquor is also smooth and leaves a pleasant feeling in the mouth. Like other high quality dancongs, this tea can be steeped many times.

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If I thought the dry leaf from the last Dan Cong I had smelled like fresh lilacs, it’s nothing compared to this one. My mom has a lilac bush in the front yard and the smell of them in the spring is intoxicating. I’m not holding my breath that this scent will carry over to the steeped tea, but I do know I would love a tea that did have those notes in it. The dry leaves are incredibly long and spindly on this tea, and definitely more green in color than the other Dan Congs I’ve had. They’re plumping up a lot more as well.

Wow, the steeped tea for this one smells like a Tie Guan Yin, not a Dan Cong! Not that I’m complaining. Sweet, floral, a bit leafy, with a hint of that buttery character often found in Tie Guan Yins. The flavor is actually surprising because I expect it to taste like it smells, but it doesn’t. Honestly the flavor in the main part of the sip is hardly there, but in the aftertaste there’s a tantalizing floral note that grows and lingers, including the faintest hint of that oolong sweetness. As the cup comes down in temperature those lighter flavors start to become more forward in the sip. All and all definitely a more favored Dan Cong, even if it doesn’t really seem like a Dan Cong to me, but still not a tea I would restock.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Experience buying from DeRen Tea http://steepster.com/places/2836-deren-tea-online-portola-california?visit=1354

Age of leaf: Advertised as early autumn 2011. Received samples late September. Brewed up a little over a week after I received it in mail.

Packaging: Samples: silver translucent bags with simple label.

Dry leaf: Smelled like a standard oolong, but with a powerful floral fragrance. Very long, thin, wiry looking leaves; dark, uneven coloring, with some green showing through.

Brewing guidelines: I decided to break with my traditional brewing techniques prompted by the brewing instructions for Dancongs on DeRen’s website. I also decided not to ‘wash’ it
………1st : 190, 30”
………2nd: 185, 45”
………3rd: 190, 60”
………4th : 195, 75”
………5th : 185, 90”
………6th : Boiling, 2’

Aroma: very floral.

Color of liquor: light copper.

Wet leaf: very floral aroma; light green color, tinged with brown on many of the edges. Whole, big, beautiful leaves!

Flavor: Ranged from very floral to a well-balanced and nuanced oolong flavor.

Value: Sample was provided by DeRen Tea (Thank you Aaron!). This particular tea on their website is more than I am willing to pay for any oolong, but I am guessing it is still competitively priced for a Semi-Wild Yulan Dancong, as the rest of their tea is.

Overall: This tea has changed the way I view oolongs. I consider myself fairly new to this class of semi-oxidized teas. After having had a number of flower-scented teas (green, black, and oolong), I am discovering that I don’t particularly like them; to me, the scent—-and especially the flavor—-does not ‘belong’ in tea. And so on the first steeping of this tea, I was a little put off by the overpowering floral taste and aroma. But I liked the second steeping more, as it was less floral. Then the third, ah, the third. This is what changed my relationship with oolongs. The floral flavor was there, but I guess more as a supporting cast member, because it was also sweeter, and the overall flavor was like something I have never tasted before. That third cup was probably the best cup of oolong tea I have ever had. I think some underlying perception about oolongs has lain dormant inside my consciousness for awhile, and has finally surfaced. Don’t judge a tea by it’s first, or even its second infusion: wait at least until your tried the third! But wait, my guess is there are other oolongs, and Pu-erhs, that get better even later! Wow! I really enjoyed watching the leaves slowly change after each steeping, such that they were finally fully unfurled on the forth. The later steepings were not as flavorful, but surprisingly, the sixth had more flavor than the fifth! What an adventure in steeping and tasting. In summary, this tea is amazing.


Absolutely! any oolong or pu’er (especially these two) worth its salt will change over each and every steeping. Peak flavor varies with each tea, but it often arrives around steeping three for oolongs (and if the tea is good, there will be a lovely long flavor arc that follows). For pu’er, the peak can be anywhere from three to ten, just depending on the quality. The more fantastic the tea, the more “patient” it is.

This particular kind of steeping experience is definitely aided by brewing tea gong-fu style in a gaiwan or small pot. If you’re not already trying that out on your teas, I recommend it heartily! It has the side-benefit of making tea much less expensive, since it often turns one drinking session of tea into an hour or two of tasting entertainment, plus the gallon or so of liquid you can get out of good leaves this way.

Congratulations on your discovery- happy drinking! I sense great flavor journeys ahead of you..


@ Spoonvonstup: I am grateful that there are others out there, like you, to share these kinds of experiences with. I do not have a gaiwan or small pot, but I hear you, that is something I would like to get sometime in the near future.

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This tea was recommend to me by Aaron who runs DeRen. I have my cousin made this tea gongfu style and we both liked it. The orchard aroma was there the moment we pour the tea into our cups. The tea itself is yellow, slightly orange. The orchard smell was more obvious when the tea cooled a bit. The tea had the same light pleasant sweet orchard taste in the mouth. There is a little tiny bit of bitterness. But it actually made the tea more balanced, more complete for me. I like this tea and thanks Aaron for suggesting this tea.

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