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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9 tasting notes

So I just finished a 100g bag of this tea with a certain feeling of relief.
The quality of this tea in not in question, it’s just that I’m not not really fond of roasted oolongs.
I was hoping this tea would change that, but I don’t see myself buying it again.
Make no mistake, if you like roasted oolongs, this would probably be a really nice budget option, as the tea is refreshing and endures many steeps.

My method:

Tea Tumbler 250 ml, 6g for 10/15/30/45… sec @ 90°C

Gaiwan 100 ml, 3,33g for 10/15/20/30… sec @ 100°C

Flavors: Mineral, Toast, Wood, Rowan

Flavors: Mineral, Toast, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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101 tasting notes

Pro tip: When preparing tea for a movie night in, brewing it gongfu style adds too much complication.

I received two sachets of these Dan Cong oolong leaves from Teavivre. They’re beautiful long, whole rolled leaves and really potent, only requiring 10s of brewing at 203˚F and then adding 5 seconds with each subsequent brew. (Then again, this is my first time brewing with 7g of leaves.) Hopefully I can give the second sachet the brewing it deserves.

First infusion: Slightly bitter, as to be expected from the first infusion of a darker oolong / black tea, but very fragrant with a smoky, woody scent.

The second infusion, unfortunately I burnt it but I could still taste the underlying fruitiness despite the charred astringency.

Fourth infusion has a nice earthy, fruity flavour like smoky cherries along with the perfumed wood.

Flavors: Cherry, Smoke, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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63 tasting notes

I’ve heard dancongs are really hard to gongfu. This is my first one so far and I’m excited and a bit terrified to try this. What if I screw it up? Whatevs, I have 100g of it so it doesn’t matter if I use couple grams to practise. Maybe?

Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong has nice roasted-smoky aroma to it, there is also hint of cherry and wood. It’s not as roasty as Da Hong Pao, which was reeeally roasty to my taste. This Guang Dong might suit my taste based on aroma.

I did really quick 1st steep, like 5 seconds. Taste is not expected, I thought Guang Dong would be something like Da Hong Pao, but this is vegetal and mildly roasty. It has some tannis and really really sweet, a bit cherry like and floral scent. Also it has pleasantly astrigent mouthfeel that I really like. I’m going to push that ‘recommend’ button right away.

Next steep was something between 10-15s, maybe closer to 15s. I’m getting some sweet potato, and woodsy notes, quite strong, but not overly-strong smokiness too. There is also something berry-ish like blackcurrant. This tea is really insteresting since it seems to have typical flavours both to green and dark oolong with its roasty-smoky and floral-vegetal flavours.

I tried shorter steep again to get that nice cherry note, but now it turned smoky and bitter. What did I do wrong? Maybe next one will be successful… And yes it is. Now there is some dried fruit, blackcurrant, honey and… peach? This is definitely my favourite steep. I’m sure this will give many more steeps, I will write about them later.

I’m going to practice with this, but it seems to be really complex tea with a lot of different flavours. Does dancong better in chao zhou-teapots (or yixings). I’ve always wanted one to my collections, but I’ve also heard these are better in porcelain gaiwans

Flavors: Black Currant, Cherry, Earth, Floral, Honey, Mineral, Raspberry, Roasted, Smoke, Tar, Toast

4 g 60 OZ / 1774 ML

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366 tasting notes

Had a gongfu session with a ceramic gaiwan. One 5-second rinse. Steeping times:. 2, 2, 5, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 35, 75.

The dry aroma has delectable notes of lychee and red grapes, and the aroma of the leaf after the rinse smells more intensely of grapes, and of also wet rocks and maybe stonefruit.

The color of white grape juice sits in my cup. The liquor is not completely clear (wouldn’t say foggy or murky, just not clear), but the last couple infusions eventually become so. Full-bodied. Mellow, smooth, easy to drink. The first and second infusions are heavy on the mineral side and leave behind a tingling sensation. After that, the flavors don’t evolve throughout the session. Each infusion is consistently fruity, with notes similar to that of the aromas – grapes, lychee, etc.

Once on the tongue, that is. Seconds later, if I let the liquor sit in my mouth, a heavy roasted quality and bitter taste settle in, and these merge with the juicy flavors. Incongruous. Only the first two and last two infusions had not such bitterness. Could be due to personal taste, or possibly the brewing temp. Still, I decided to keep it consistent rather than lower it partway through the session. I wasn’t completely displeased, and it this does a nice, relaxing effect.

Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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503 tasting notes

This is such a fantastic tea! The dry leaf consists of long slender black and dark emerald curls. It has a dry grape scent. I warmed these up in my gaiwan and brewed them gongfu. I didn’t even have to open my gaiwan to take in the aroma. My tea room was filled with a smooth smoke and raspberry aroma with every shake of the vessel. It was a deep and intoxicating smell. I washed the leaves once and brewed away. The liquor was a pale and opaque orange. The flavor was so very delicious. The initial sip was smokey with dark fruits. This flavor broadened to a dark cherry wood with a full bodied sweetness. I absolutely love roasted oolongs and this is one of the good ones.

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Dark Wood, Raspberry, Smoke, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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818 tasting notes

This is my first Dan Cong! Woo! I almost bought some at DavidsTea, but I’m glad I didn’t, because this is much better quality. The color of this tea is a strikingly gorgeous honey amber. I got several infusions out of it, with each one getting slightly sweeter.

There is a nice roasty note, but it’s not as pronounced as the Da Hong Pao I had the other day. The flavor reminds me a lot of pomegranate…a little tart and a little sweet. Interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever tasted that note in a tea. Overall, I liked it, but I think I might like the Da Hong Pao a bit more. :)


Do you like Teavivre’s DHP ? if yes, can i send you a package, please ?!


I do like it, but not as good as Nannuoshan’s. Are you trying to give away tea? ;)


yes, its not for me , bought a package last summer. DHP getting better with age, it shouldnt be fresh fresh.


I’m willing to take some off your hands. :)


Yay shoot me your address again here.


Okay, will send you PM!

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390 tasting notes

far too long since i’ve been on here to review a tea!

how good is this tea? how’s this for a measure… last weekend the phone rang interrupting my homework. it was my financial institution. i was impatient. i had dropped a class taught by a difficult instructor late in the game and was playing catch up. i was not in the mood for service calls!

‘sir, i just wanted to check…. did you try to use your credit card at abercrombie and fitch online for 427$?’

‘no… WHAT? NO!!!!’

‘future shop online, sir? um… banana republic?’

‘no, i have a future shop just down the road, and definitely not banana republic!’

she continued, the sum total coming to just shy of 2000$. the conversation, beginning with my impatience ended with sincere gratitude! it was a long conversation- nearly 30 minutes. by the end all i wanted was a cup of tea! this was the blend i chose. it was perfect. depth, complexity, muted fruit tones, tempered malt… perfect.

you could argue i was tasting anxiety and then relief, however everytime i’ve had it since it’s been better. my only criticism? that steepster won’t let me rate it higher… c’mon jason, get on that! =0D


I’m really glad you had a good cup of tea waiting for you after that ordeal! That happened to me, and it was absolutely hysterical, being that I’m the type of person to spend about $100 TOTAL in a year on clothing (tshirt and black jeans kind of lady…)…. No, those Tory Burch charges are not mine! lol
I hope you’ve gotten it all sorted out (and have had plenty of tea, in the meantime…). :D


Sorry your card got compromised. It’s good that the companies are on top of it, but also scarry how much they know about our regular habits. Glad the tea helped:-)


@DeleriumFrogs @yyz i think it was the abercrombie and fitch that cracked me up the most.i admit i own a couple of their t shirts, but they’re all from value village. too expensive! (though really comfortable). i guess the repeated attempts were what gave it away, using inaccurate info. every purchase they tried to make failed except one….. i don’t want them to have even one! i don’t care that it’s covered!


So glad to see you back JJ. Pls keep them coming. and sorry abt cc scam ;(


Hi! So glad that got cleared up for you. :)

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871 tasting notes

Another wonderful free sample from Angel and Teavivre.

This one is definitely a very dark oolong.

The reviews are interesting as they are so varied in what this tea tastes like.

I am finding this smooth, thick, slightly creamy. There is only very light floral oolong flavour. The roastiness of this tea is definitely present but I would not say it is strong. There is definitely a sweet potatoe/kind of yammy flavour. Slightly nutty. This oolong is definitely closer to a black tea than a green.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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408 tasting notes

Ah a good Dan Cong, this is really a great pleasure in the morning too.

This one has lovely long dry leaves and some of them are even incredibly long and folden. This tea looks really like a black tea but from my experience some excellent Taiwanese Oolongs are looking like that.

This is a really strange tea, quite difficult to understand. The dry leaf’s smell is quite malted, woody with touches of fruit. Despite an infusion of 5 minutes into a boiling water, the leaves are still folden.

The colour of the liquor is very pale vs the darkness of the dry leaf, it’s a pale golden brown.

The body is light. This is a very reffined tea, more subtle than most of the Dan Cong I tasted until now.

The dominant notes are fruit, peach mainly but not only as raisin reveals its presence in a supportive role. A little woody taste is there as well. And a touch, but just a touch of honey.

Surprising tea. A little too light bodied regarding my expectations but the taste is there. I’m going to play around a little because it is an extremely complex tea and it doesn’t reveal the same aromas , depending of the infusion and the temperature of the liquor.

You can see pics of my sesion with this beautiful tea here in a new blue glass cup purchased at Mariage Frères :

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Beautiful cup! Good review as well. :)


thank you Nicole :)

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564 tasting notes

This type of oolong is becoming one of my absolute favorites. It’s so rich and interesting. This one in particular starts out like cooked stone fruits and moves more toward fresh fruit in the aftertaste. There’s also some floral honey notes that make it feel a little lighter than other Dan Congs I’ve had, but this is definitely a tea with substance—there’s a woody, earthy flavor throughout that keeps it grounded. I’m already falling in love with this one!

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