Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves
Autumn Leaf Pile, Floral, Honey, Malt, Raisins, Roasted, Stonefruits, Fruity, Vegetal, Char, Cherry, Lychee, Peach, Smoke, Cocoa, Grapes, Tannin
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 321 ml

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  • “I did not know what to expect with this one. The dry leaf looks more like black tea than oolong. The dry scent is kind of grape/malt/cocoa with very mild roasted hints. When I put the leaf in my...” Read full tasting note
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  • “In raw form this tea is dark brown, thin, very long and has a leather, dried fruit scent. Sweet but with dark under tones. I can see quite a few leaf stems. Once steeped the tea soup is light...” Read full tasting note
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  • “It's strange - the first time I tasted this I got notes of peach and grape. This time? It's very seaweedish. Strong, and roasty. Also, a little bitter. The directions said to steep it at boiling...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Wow, this is a dark-leaved oolong. I literally went "Ooh" when I opened the packet. The leaves are long and almost black. They're flat, and smell very sweet. I haven't had an oolong in a good...” Read full tasting note
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From Teavivre

Origin: Phoenix Mountain(凤凰山), Guangdong, China

Ingredients: Narcissus specie: origins in Shuiji Town in Jianyang, Fujian

Harvest time: May 15, 2014

Taste: Strong aroma of sweet potato, sweet aftertaste, shows a strong effect on secreting saliva

Health Benefits: Fermentation decreases the stimulation to our body from fresh tea leaves. Besides, if you store the Oolong tea for one to three months before drinking it, it will better for your health. Proper storage method can prolong the validity time of its health benefits. Like most Oolong tea, Phoenix Dan Cong is able to protect our body from hypertension. After roasting, Dan Cong is much softer. Thus it could warm our stomach speaking from traditional Chinese medicine.

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40 Tasting Notes

1103 tasting notes

This is my very first Phoenix Dan Cong experience, also thanks to the great oolong sample pack from Teavivre. I believe that I paid for this set, but I am grateful nonetheless for the opportunity to try such a wide array of fine teas! I’m pretty sure that I’ll end up eventually trying each and every one of their excellent offerings…

I have been focusing on the greenish, low-oxidation oolongs as I make my journey through the vast universe of Chinese tea. This oolong, however, is far more oxidized and produces a peachy-amber color similar to a light darjeeling (since darjeeling is on my mind!). Of course the taste is completely different. I’m not really sure, actually, how to describe this flavor. It tastes about midway between a rich bready black and a smooth and silken creamy green oolong—logically enough!

I love the range of flavors and textures of oolong teas. I’m sure that I’ll be ordering some more of this one after my sample is depleted.

I see that this tea is apparently salubrious as well as tasty (see Teavivre’s note about this). It’s always nice to know that we get extra benefits from drinking teas which are worth drinking for the experience alone!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

Any white flower or lilacs?


Definitely not white flowers—at least not my concept of them. No lilacs either. Of course, I have strong perfume-related concepts of those scents, so I may just not be able to tease them out from the tea itself. I’ll be drinking this more though, so hopefully I’ll start to grasp some of the complexities…

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301 tasting notes

This was pretty good – I brewed it four times, and it held strong each time. First steep was a minute, and I added a minute on each resteep. I really like that about the high quality teas – they might be a hair pricier per cup…until you do the math on the resteeps. This started out being very toasty and fruity, but got less and less fruity for me with each resteep. Next time, I will call it quits after 3.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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546 tasting notes

Hooray, another tea from my 3rd anniversary sampler! I had totally forgotten which teas I chose as my optional ones, and I ended up ordering a sample of this in my sale order the night before last. Oops. I sent them an email asking to change it, just because I would rather try a different tea than one I’ve already had. If not, I won’t be too upset, because this tea is tasty. :D The dry leaves are long and sort of twisty, but more flat than I normally see. They’re quite dark, similar to a black tea. Their smell is a combination of musty hay, sweet honey, and dried apricots.

Mmm, roasty goodness. The brewed tea smells like autumn leaves and stonefruit, with a definite roasted note. I also get roasted leaves as the main note in the taste. It is accompanied by lovely ripe stonefruit drizzled with honey, and a touch of dark, rich raisin. There’s a little bit of a floral note that appears mostly in the aftertaste – I’m not a huge fan of floral, but I don’t mind it here. I also get a lingering roasty taste after the floral dissipates, and it lingers for quite some time. My brew came out a teensy bit bitter, but I think I overleafed it a bit and I probably should have stopped the steep at 2 minutes. Good to know for next time!

Overall, a lovely dark oolong. I can definitely see the similarities between this one and Oriental Beauty-style oolongs. Can’t wait to try more of this type of tea! :D

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Floral, Honey, Malt, Raisins, Roasted, Stonefruits

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

this sounds yummy!


I love Dancong, but I’ve never had Teavivres! yum!

Cameron B.

This is the first Dan Cong I’ve had, so I couldn’t tell you whether it’s similar to others or not. :P I enjoyed it, though!

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17 tasting notes

The black long dry leaves were nothing like the small green pellets I expected to see when I opened the bag. A strong sweet scent filled the canister, a promise of a good brew to come.

As the leaves are quite bulky I used 2 tsp. per cup of 210F water, and steeped at 2 minutes.

A lovely rich reddish orange liquor was the result. It was mildly fragrant, but richly flavorful. Despite the resemblance to black tea, this was all Oolong. Vegetal and sweet with a rich floral finish. It reminds me of a mild muscat tasting Darjeeling.

A good drink when something lighter than the heavy blacks (which i usually prefer) is called for. This is one rich flavorful Oolong tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Vegetal

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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112 tasting notes

Aroma: Roasted, fruity
Liquor Color: Straw
Liquor Flavor: Smooth, fruity with floral notes and honey
Notes: Thank you teavivre for this free sample! The dry leaves smelled very interesting, once brewed, this one was very smooth, fruity and floral. I like greener oolongs over the more roasted ones but this one was good for being somewhat of a darker one.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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367 tasting notes

I slept for a whopping twelve hours yesterday, wow! I was having some insomnia and ended up staying awake almost 24 hours, finally feeling sleepy I only expected to sleep for a short time. Big surprise for me when I woke up much later, very thirsty and quite a bit hungry. At least I feel mostly rested and a little bit less achy than I did previously, so clearly my body needed it.

Today’s tea from Teavivre is Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea, a curly leafed oolong from Phoenix Mountain (or Feng Huang Shan) in Guangdong Province, China. I love curly leaf oolongs, mainly because steeping them gongfu cha style is very entertaining. In order to get the tastiest results, it is best to do really quick steeps, think around five seconds at the long end. These short steeps are very fun and change up the experience. I am getting ahead of myself, before I can think about steeping, I need to sniff the leaves! The aroma of the long, twisted leaves is a blend of sweet and sharp. There are notes of dried cherry and smoke with a finish of orchids and sweet potatoes.

After the very quick bath in the gaiwan, the leaves have an aroma similar to the dry leaves. It is smoky, more like coals than a roaring campfire. There is also the aroma of cherries, but it smells like fresh black cherries (I might have recently eaten those, just for reference) and it is nicely sweet. There is a finish of orchids, but it is just a passing wisp. The liquid has a faint coal and cherry with a hint of lychee, it is tantalizingly sweet.

The first steep is quite smooth, a very refreshing mouthfeel with really enjoyable effect that causes you to salivate. The taste is fairly light, a very sweet blend of cherries and lychees with a hint of pine resin. At the finish there is a little bit of coal, but mostly this tea is all sweetness.

Intense! The aroma of the second steep is so intensely sweet and fruity with notes of cherries and lychees. There is a nice finish of pine resin and orchids. It is one of those moments where I sniffed the tea and made funny noises because it smelled so good. This steep’s mouthfeel is dry in comparison to the first, but it still has the salivary effect that very quickly balances out the dryness. The taste is a pretty balanced blend of coal and fruity sweetness with hints of orchid and pine resin at the finish. The aftertaste is slightly bitter coal, which is an interesting contrast to earlier’s sweetness.

Teas I can get many steeps out of make me a happy sipper, so does the aroma of the third steep. It s intensely sweet and fruity, notes of honey and fruit nectar. It is very rich but also delicate, just like fresh fruit. Lke the previous steep the mouthfeel is dry and causes a salivary affect. The taste of this steep is a bit lighter, mostly sweet fruit with a nice finish of coal that gives the tea a slightly savory finish.

Oooh, we have a nice change for the fourth steep’s aroma, where the previous ones have been quite sweet, this one is primarily coal and a fresh vegetation, alpine aroma. The taste is quite sweet and very light, it starts out cherries and fades to lychee, and then a finish of peaches. My tea is turning into a combination of some of my favorite fruits! There is the tiniest hint of coal at the finish, and the mouthfeel is smooth until the end where it turns dry.

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Flavors: Char, Cherry, Lychee, Peach, Smoke


ha, I did the same thing yesterday!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

hehe, it seemed to be a day for it ;)

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200 tasting notes

I haven’t tried many new teas lately, and have logged even fewer. Doing a bit of backlogging today… this is another tea I received in my Teavivre sampler. It’s a standard sort of medium oolong. It’s pleasant, if not as dark and roasty as I’d like. On the plus side, it doesn’t have that leafy green oolong flavor I just can’t get into. A nice tea, but not an outstanding one—at least for my preferences. Thanks to Angel for letting me try this one!

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420 tasting notes

This is the last of my new Teavivre samples. It smells so good… like malty cocoa. The flavour tends toward grape. Reminds me a little of wine somehow. I might need a few more cups… for uh, science. And tasting purposes.

Flavors: Cocoa, Grapes, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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256 tasting notes

The dark, twisted leaves smell fruity and roasted. I’m looking forward to trying this tea!

The flavor is different than I was expecting. It is fruity, but not sweet. The roasted quality is more like a roasted asparagus taste than a roasty bread taste. None of t these things are bad, just different. I also notice quite a bit of astringentcy, which so far hasn’t bothered me.
For this first steep I used boiling water and steeped 2 tsp for 1 minute.

Second steep is sweeter and less roasty, with the same astringency. This is a mild steep.

This isn’t a favorite for me, but I’m happy I ordered this sample.

2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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21 tasting notes

The Leaf: Very long, curled and mostly unbroken brownish to grey brown. When brewed they turn a slightly more greyish green color and unfurl only slightly for the first brew.

The Brew: The aroma is light and sweet, but not easy to detect. The taste is also very light but has a tannin quality much like red wine and is slightly bitter. The liquor is pale yellowish brown.

Note: I brewed this tea at a very skewed ratio weight-wise. The package of leaves was only 7 grams, but resulted in roughly 4 tsp by volume. Normally, the ratio I use for any tea I make is 1tsp/250ml.

I drink all of my teas cold.

Flavors: Grapes, Tannin

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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