2010 Red Tea Dan Cong

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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  • “This just SMELLS Malty! The color is a light to light-medium brown. The taste is near a roasted peanut type taste. Not really nutty or peanut butter tasting but very hard to thing of anything...” Read full tasting note
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    teaequalsbliss 6770 tasting notes
  • “~_Backlogging and based entirely on my notes_~ _Experience buying from Life in Teacup_ http://steepster.com/places/2861-life-in-a-teacup-online-easthampton-massachusetts I got this as a free...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Finally got around to drinking this again, at work a few days ago. I keep trying to wait until I have time to pay attention to the brewing, but at that rate I'll never drink it. So: I used enough...” Read full tasting note
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    teabird 405 tasting notes
  • “Very toasty! Strong roasted flavor but it tastes "fresh" at the same time, almost green-like. Extremely tasty and smooth. I love toasty flavors and this tea has it in abundance. Super large...” Read full tasting note
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7 Tasting Notes

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This just SMELLS Malty!
The color is a light to light-medium brown.
The taste is near a roasted peanut type taste. Not really nutty or peanut butter tasting but very hard to thing of anything else that it would be near taste-wise…but certainly roasted…NOT Smokey…roasted. It might come to me more clear at a later date. This is pretty good tho!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging and based entirely on my notes

Experience buying from Life in Teacup http://steepster.com/places/2861-life-in-a-teacup-online-easthampton-massachusetts

I got this as a free sample from Life in Teacup in the fall of 2011 and brewed it up on 12/14/2011.

This tea had long, dark-brown twisted leaves that reminded me of a darker roasted oolong; it had a gunpowder-y aroma similar to the Wuyi oolongs I have had, but more uplifting, rather than earthy.

I used my standard oolong steeping times and temperatures (I found this to be surprising, but I think I treated this as an oolong). There were seven grams of dry tea to three cups of water. The the liquor had a light caramel color, with a mild aroma (malty?). The flavor was good, similar to a Wuyi oolong. It had some mild flavor on the forth steeping. The wet leaf looked like any quality oolong I have seen: large, whole leaves ranging in color from dark green to dark brown.

Overall, my understanding is that this is technically a red tea (so fully oxidized), and yet it was best Wuyi-like tea I have ever tasted: it was sweeter and not as roasted as most Wuyi oolongs tend to be. I enjoyed watching the leaves slowly unfurl with each steeping. Although I stopped at four steepings, it may have had more to give. I enjoyed everything about this tea (although I’m not a big Wuyi oolong fan this one was sweeter).

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Finally got around to drinking this again, at work a few days ago. I keep trying to wait until I have time to pay attention to the brewing, but at that rate I’ll never drink it. So: I used enough leaves to thinly cover the bottom of my mug, and water slightly below boiling. I left the leaves in the mug, drank it when it was cool enough, and added more hot water when it was mostly empty. I probably steeped the leaves 3 or 4 times.

It was really good! Sweet, and nutty, and roasted. A little fruity. Very smooth. It went surprisingly well with the cashews I was snacking on at the time!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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Very toasty!
Strong roasted flavor but it tastes “fresh” at the same time, almost green-like. Extremely tasty and smooth. I love toasty flavors and this tea has it in abundance.
Super large twisted, charcoally-looking leaves. Very cool. :)
Super generous sample. Thank you Gingko!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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Dry leaf aroma is of typical warm citrus and the wet leaf smells like a baked plum tart. The liquor strikes immediately with bright, fruity notes that are very forward though not sharp in the least and is somewhat complex without being very deep. The mouthfeel is ultra smooth and lingers with an aftertaste of peach candy and delicate butterscotch. It’s a very interesting tea that has the fruity characteristics of yellow tea and a the soft malt and slightly metallic immediacy of red tea all the while carrying the typical exotic and amiable flamboyance of its namesake.

Considering the story behind this tea (read Ginko’s blog) and the pains taken by the grower to salvage an otherwise devastated crop, we are now privy to what I consider to be a unique gem, albeit cloudy and roughly cut. Enjoy in this cup not only the tea itself but also the deftness and earnest attitude of its producer. Much thanks to Gingko for sharing this with us. For the price I suggest everyone try some as I feel it will be hard not to love and appreciate.

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