Sipdown. 3min, 8oz, 212F
Not a whole lot to say. Honey and a note I couldn’t place that I didn’t like much. I’ll let the previous rating stand.
“Sipdown. 3min, 8oz, 212F Not a whole lot to say. Honey and a note I couldn’t place that I didn’t like much. I’ll let the previous rating stand.” Read full tasting note
“From the Lewis & CLark TTB This was a small sample, so I had to prepare it Western-style. This is only my second Dan Cong; I really enjoyed the first so was looking...” Read full tasting note
“Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #24 Another twisty dark oolong! I like this one more than the other, the Red Robe, because this has plenty of peach flavor.....” Read full tasting note
“From the Lewis and Clark TTB. No rating because this is my second Dancong Phoenix (the first I had was well more than a year ago). Brewed Western-style....” Read full tasting note
Aroma of lotus and peach with hint of cinnamon. Straight from the beautiful mountain in Guangdong Province that is named after the legendary phoenix. Humid weather combined with cool, high-altitude temperatures and very fertile soil results in one of China’s most famous dark oolongs.
Steeping Time 2-4 min
Steeping Temperature 95 °C – 203 °F
Grams per Cup 2 gram
Tea Year 2014
Tea Season Spring
Tea Caffeine Content medium
Tea Region Chaozhou Village
Tea Province Guangdong
Company description not available.
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From the Lewis & CLark TTB
This was a small sample, so I had to prepare it Western-style.
This is only my second Dan Cong; I really enjoyed the first so was looking forward to this one. It has a dark, spicy flavor, and long rich finish. Behind the spice, I can detect a sweet fruitiness, but also some bitterness in the finish.
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #24
Another twisty dark oolong! I like this one more than the other, the Red Robe, because this has plenty of peach flavor.. it’s odd that it tastes like that, but I know these dan cong oolongs tend to do that. The Red Robe is mostly charcoal to me while this one still has hints of charcoal, but also PEACH. A little smokiness but I guess that naturally occurs with the charcoal. The second steep lost most of the peach and was sadly charcoal. When Teasenz was offering to send me samples, they sent over a new Dan Cong not in stock currently, a green one that is REALLY good. It’s like a Wen Shan Bao Zhong. So keep an eye out for it if you place an order at Teasenz!
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
From the Lewis and Clark TTB. No rating because this is my second Dancong Phoenix (the first I had was well more than a year ago).
Brewed Western-style. Steeping times: 2 min, 4, 8.
Grapes dominate the dry leaf aroma. The wet leaf aroma is floral as well as fruity, more evocative of mid/late-summer flowers rather than spring flowers. The peach-colored liquor is medium-bodied, clear, and muted bright. My brain is confused – it thinks the tea is heated juice! It really does taste like pure juice. Incredibly fruity and sweet, with notes of cherries, apricot, grapes, and starfruit.
Because of the flavor profile, this tea seems like it should be drunk during cool summer mornings or throughout autumn days.
This tea sample was provided for free in exchange for review. You can find it here: http://www.teasenz.com/feng-huang-dan-cong-phoenix-oolong-tea#.U-pCB_ldXX8
I have little experience with oxidized oolongs in general, but I always seem drawn to them when browsing. So I decided to choose both this tea and the Da Hong Pao as two of my free samples from teasenz. The leaves of this tea are dark, long, and twisty, similar to some black teas. They smell of autumn leaves with a tart fruitiness and some honey. I brewed about a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half for 4 minutes.
The brewed tea smells very roasty with a lot of autumn leaf. I can also smell fruit and a bit of honey. I’m not sure if “autumn leaves” is a good descriptor for this flavor, but that’s really what I reminds me of! There’s a definite roasted characteristic to this tea, and it’s quite lovely. The main flavor is definitely that “autumn leaf” taste, though. There is a rather strong stonefruit note, reminding me most of apricots or tart plums, and it’s present throughout the sip. I definitely get some floral as well, although I couldn’t tell you what kind. On their website they list lotus as one of the flavors, so maybe that’s it? It’s not heady at all. The only complaint I have about this tea is the way it leaves my mouth feeling. I wouldn’t quite call it astringent, but it’s almost dusty-feeling? I’m not sure how to describe it. Anyway, a small price to pay for taste! :P
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Floral, Roasted, Stonefruits