Fenghuang Dan Cong Mi Lan Xiang 2012 Late Spring
We selected this dan cong from this year offerings because it was so deliciously unusual.
The leaf is a bit smaller than usual and the color of the leaf is less mottled with the light patches and interesting color variation one usually sees in dan congs. The dark color is from the addtional roasting, which gives the dried leaf a bit of an austere quality, similar to that of a good yan cha.
What captured our attention, though, was the intensity of sweet flavor in the tea liquor. It stood up loud and clear to the roasting, and revealed a splendid dan cong floral aroma, too.
This tea is a happy marriage of charcoal roasting and floral elegance – wood and flower.
We believe it will age beautifully and gracefully. Consider putting some aside for an important celebration, or just future tea drinking enjoyment.
Overall, this tea has a big personality, and for those who find dan congs too floral and prefer a more masculine yan cha instead, this may be your perfect dan cong.
Conversely, if you find the roast style a bit too dominant for your taste, just put the tea on a plate and leave it open to the air for a few hours. Then fluff the leaves to turn them, and air out for a llittle more time. As with any roasted tea, the high points of aroma from the charcoal will soften with time and exposure to air.