1 Tasting Note


This is just not my cup of tea. I had my first cup of Phoenix Dan Cong at my friend’s home. My impression of his Dan Cong from Guangzhou was an orchid aroma with a hint of honey followed by an intense, long-lasting aftertaste. I decided to give Teavana’s Phoenix Mountain Dan Cong Oolong a try and the result was rather disappointing.

I followed their exact brewing instruction of 1.5 tsp for 8 oz of water at 195 F for 3 min. The infusion was flat—- nothing close to the complexity I tasted from my friend’s no-brand Dan Cong. I tasted roasted vegetables and a very mild hint of licorice. The aftertaste was soft and only lasted for a few brief seconds.

I decided to give it another try and brewed a new batch for an extra 30 seconds (3.5 min). Astringency increased but the taste and aroma remained the same otherwise.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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