Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 oz / 351 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
  • “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 brown...” Read full tasting note
  • “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
  • “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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Origin: Phoenix Mountain(凤凰山), Guangdong, China

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

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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166 tasting notes

I’ve been experimenting with this Phoenix Oolong the last couple days, brewing it both Western and Gong fu style. Either way, I found it to be very tasty with a deliciously fragrant aroma. When brewed in a gaiwan with a lot of leaf, I got multiple steepings, and picked up on honey, floral, and nectar-like notes as I went along. Teavivre’s instructions are to use 10 gm with 3 oz water at 212 F, with a quick rinse, then 2-3 second steeps for the 1st 4 steeps, then increase time slightly with subsequent infusions, good for more than 12 steepings.( I modified Teavivre’s instructions a little and used my 7 gm sample in 4 oz water),with good results. I have run out of time, so haven’t made it to 12 infusions, but thus far, am very happy with this oolong. My husband is the bigger oolong drinker, as I lean more toward blacks, but I anticipate re-ordering this since this is one we both like it a lot.

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464 tasting notes

It not only looks, but tastes darker that the oolongs I’ve been having lately. It’s darkly fruity with a little bit of green tea flavor in the middle of the taste. I’m not picking up any sweet potato like the description says. I guess I like my oolongs lighter and creamier.

Thanks, Shelley_Lorraine for the sample.

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1627 tasting notes

I really love Dan Cong oolong teas. This one is no exception. I love this tea. The first steep was a bit difficult because it brewed a deep golden amber very quickly. So, it was a little bitter. The flavors weren’t that pronounced. The second steep, on the other hand, was beautiful. It was a light honey color. The leaves smelled delicious like peaches. I love the fruit and slight floral tones in this tea. The lower the temperature, the better tasting this is. It has some roasted and warm components to it. This is a darker oolong.

This is a great tea that can withstand several steeps.

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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326 tasting notes

Purchased some time ago, this is another tea I own that I forgot to leave a review.

First steep: tasting a lot of qualities that I expect from this type of oolong. There’s this kind of sweet-astringent flavour, slightly floral aroma, and the satisfying creaminess of an oolong.

Overall I enjoyed the tea. It’s nice to drink something besides tie guan yin when I want an oolong. My personal preference is to use a bit more leaf than I usually do for ball style oolongs.

Steep parameters:
500 ml glass mug, 3 tea spoons, 3 minute steep

205 °F / 96 °C

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64 tasting notes

The processing seems to have treated the leaves well—they look nice and the “roasted” aroma is light and adds nicely to the overall scent. The dry leaf aroma is clean, of dried fruits, and slightly floral. This dan cong reminds me a great deal of Jing’s phoenix dan cong, with higher levels of florals and less pronounced peach notes in the liquor’s flavor. Smelling the wet leaves after the first steep takes me back to my early days of drinking loose leaf teas (Jing’s phoenix dan cong was one of my first). Hints of guava mixed with the regular floral and wood-charcoal aromas. At this point, the leaves are still tightly raveled, but reveal that characteristic green/red/brown coloration dan congs tend to have.

The liquor possesses a nice, light amber/peach liquor coloration, becoming progressively darker into the middle steeps. Always very clear, though. Excellent liquor aroma: sweet, floral, hint of inoffensive charcoal. Body is smooth with faint sparkling characteristics.

When it comes to the flavor, I have noticed that fewer leaves treat the brew better with this tea. When I really load up the gaiwan, I have difficulty finding balance between bitterness and flavor, even with cooler water and extremely short steep times. It was either way too bitter, or there was no bitterness paired with no complexity as well.

Anyway, when the parameters were acceptable, the flavor really shined. The first few steeps were sweet and buttery, with nectar and honey flavors and an aftertaste of peach. Astringency was minimal if steep time was in check, and a nice kuwei, or throaty bitterness, was present in the second and third steep. Yet, as with many dan congs, the infusions of this one become dull, flat, but very sweet, after around the fourth or fifth steep. At any rate, this is certainly one of the better “generic” dan congs.

205 °F / 96 °C

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Thank you so much Angel for this sample!
I think we’ve been through the drill. I love dan cong. I love that I have 3 different company’s versions of this tea right now because I could possibly do comparative tastings.
The leaves of this tea are smaller than the other two brands; not that this is a bad thing. It has this interesting grape smell when I opened the baggie. After a ~1.5 min. steep the liquor is a light amber/hay color. It smells creamy and grape-esque. Oh this one is soooo good! It has notes of florals, honey, and fruit. It is an excellent dan cong and I’m guessing short steeps would bring out even more of these great flavors. This is right up there with Teavivre’s milk oolong.

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34 tasting notes

Drinking this right now, after a long morning of cross-country skiing and walking (it was amazing!)

As this is an oolong, I expected a strong and bold taste, but got a very humble and fragrant tea instead. I suppose it’s too smooth for my liking, maybe not even strong enough, though I steeped it for a long time. I think it would work really great as a base for some kind of blend, but alone it’s not interesting enough for me :(

I will drink the remaining sample with great pleasure, but I don’t think I’ll order this one. Have a nice week everyone!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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511 tasting notes

I’m supposed to be getting sweet potato out of this? not happening. It kinda tastes like a weed. Well, not that I know what a weed tastes like really, but you know…

It’s a tolerable drink, but the flavor is a bit boring. Oh well. But thank you moraiwe for giving me the opportunity to try this!

EDIT: as this cools down. I think I might be getting some of that sweet potato. Still not exciting though ヽ(´ー`)┌

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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353 tasting notes

While it is not the best Phoenix Mountain Dan Cong I’ve had, it’s still quite tasty. The flavor is nice and isn’t bitter or astringent. The taste started off subtly flowery, and its not until the end that you detect the almost smoked-woody flavor.

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Thanks Debbie for the suggestion of our Tea, we will try to find higher quality Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea for our customers.

Thank you again.

Good luck

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303 tasting notes

This was a little to smoky and aged for my preference. It was nice to have as a sample, but it’s not in my spectrum of what I would drink on a regular basis.

Flavors: Forest Floor

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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