Phoenix Mountain Dan Cong Oolong

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 9 oz / 275 ml

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  • “I liked this at the parameters I used initially, the ones recommended by thepuriTea. But Teavana’s steep parameters are slightly different, so I thought I’d give it a try just as an experiment. ...” Read full tasting note
  • “I had not been in the local Teavana for more than a year, but saw their signage for their Heavenly Tea sale, and thought I would check them out. Most items of my taste were already gone, but the...” Read full tasting note
  • “This looks like a more official post for the dan cong so I’ll be putting the rest of my tasting notes here. I steeped this a bit long today (~40 sec.). The liquor is a light amber color and has...” Read full tasting note
  • “Steep Information: Amount: 2 tsp Water: 12 ounces, boiling Tool: kati loose tea system 12oz Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes Served: Hot Tasting Notes: Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal, toasty Steeped...” Read full tasting note

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The name ‘Dan Cong’ means ‘one bush’ and follows a special process in which each tea tree is harvested and processed individually. Every tree produces a unique type of fragrant leaf, which are then fermented only on the edges giving the middle part of the leaf a natural, fresh taste. This exceptional Oolong tea becomes more complex and improves with age. The flavor begins with a roasted honey taste and ends with lingering floral undertones. Originally the tea was only given as an Imperial Tribute.

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141 tasting notes

The second and third steeping are the best. I have grown to enjoy the roasted and earthy flavor, yet while remaining very smooth.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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570 tasting notes

Picked some of this up in their sale, for the price it was hard to resist for a straight oolong. Brewed about two and a half teaspoons in my gaiwan. First steep was five seconds, each progressive steep five seconds longer. Did five steeps, I’m sure I could have gotten many more.

This was an interesting drink. It brewed up very dark, despite the short steeps, with a dark golden liquid and a heavy aroma, vaguely vegetal. Someone else compared it to a pear; I wouldn’t say that, but it did have that kind of heavy fruity-planty quality to it. On its own, it was somewhat underwhelming; blended with dried fruits to bring out that natural headiness it could be very good.

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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14 tasting notes

Originally given as an imperial tribute, and what a tribute to my tastebuds. The leaves are long and full, a dark brown with a bit of lustre. A stone-influenced scent of honey emanates from the leaves. The tea produces a dark amber liquer, and a strong waft of earthy sweetness arises from the cup. The taste delivers this earthiness, with a nice honey-ish undertone carrying the tea through to a crisp, metallic-sweet finish, reminiscent of a pear.

A note on my time: thirty seconds is much too short for standard teapot-strainer infusion on an Oolong tea. This tea was prepared in a yixing clay teapot, in the gonfu style. I will do another review in my gaiwan, but I doubt it will be as flavourful then.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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98 tasting notes

Got in store prepared by the General Manager.

Tasted very leafy and pretty fresh, similar to fresh spinach. The only problem was that I don’t believe enough tea was used in the preparation as their was very little flavor, though I like my tea strong so who knows.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Autumn Hearth

Yeah this should be more toasty and honey than spinachy.

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26 tasting notes

This was the first tea I bought when I stumbled upon Teavana while vacationing in Florida. I tried the sampler they had and instantly fell in love with this tea. Yes this tea is expensive ($25 for 2oz) but worth every penny. Every time I brew this tea, I find the flavours change very subtly, all depending on how you brew it. If I won the lottery, I’d drink this tea every day but until then, this is a “treat” tea, only having a few cups now and then. According to Teavana, this tea improves with age. Besides tasting amazingly delicious, this pricey tea can be re-steeped several times and will keep you pondering on the many subltelies this tea holds. Go try it for yourself and let me know.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

This is my first Oolong. One of my tea drinkin’ friends gave me a small sample.

To me this has a very full mouthfeel. I tend to enjoy teas with such a mouthfeel so I was pleased. The flavor profile was dominated by a nutty note, that was surrounded by a bready note. Not a bit of astringency

I like this enough to drink it again. (And enough to explore oolong as a type of tea) I could drink this on days when the office is a bit too hectic to drink puer (with precisely timed infusions)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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15 tasting notes

This is a great straight oolong, just not quite as good as the Monkey Picked in my opinion. I am definitely enjoying it more than the Six Summits. I actually preferred the second steeping to the first, it was mellow and tasty. I am glad that I picked this up during the 75% off sale, and might go back for more before it goes out of stock.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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300 tasting notes

I decided to revisit this tea at work on Sunday. My tastes have been evolving and I wanted to approach this from a new perspective and with shorter steeps. I wrote this off as too roasted and fragrant nine months and again two months ago during a tasting. I stuck to green oolongs until I discovered Oriental Beauty and even then preferred Teavana’s Emerald Dan Cong and Verdant’s Phoenix Mountain (both of which I need to try again soon). But the two 30 sec steeps I had the other day were roasty toasty deliciousness without being over powering. I can’t say I got peach or floral but I thoroughly enjoyed them and saved the leaves to take home in a cup, but someone pitched them. I have a serving at home saved for a tasting, but will likely revisit soon.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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6 tasting notes

I’ve had several “Dan Cong” oolongs before. This one is very good. It has been well roasted and oxidized with a hint of sweetness. Normally I would have rated it higher but I’ve had a private reserve version of this tea from a different vendor that is far superior.

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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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