Dan Cong

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Oolong Tea
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I have had this sample for at least a year, and it made me think of Quiltguppy and how much I miss her here on Steepster. This is a sip down, the end of a generous sample that had gotten pushed to...” Read full tasting note
  • “The 3rd sipdown of the day! (315) The aroma of this tea is so nice & fruity, like stone fruit mostly, but also with a raspberry essence. There is also a really nice dark chocolate aspect, as...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown, 148. I’ve had this tea before but I’m glad Sil sent me a sample because I haven’t had it in a long time. Plus I can get a reminder of kind of a base-level dancong before trying some of the...” Read full tasting note
  • “My 200th tasting note! Before bed last night I did a quick 2nd steep of the leaves (at 8 minutes, doubling the length of time for the first steep) and set it in the fridge to enjoy with lunch...” Read full tasting note

From thepuriTea

Dan Cong Oolong is, perhaps, our best tea. It is handcrafted from the leaves of the famous Dan Cong tea bushes of Phoenix Mountain in Guangdong, China, and then well oxidized and roasted for a remarkably rich, nuanced aroma and flavor. Its dark, wiry leaves are highly aromatic. Open a package and you’ll immediately smell apricots, peaches and bittersweet cocoa powder. The clear, pale-golden brew has lively aromas of apricots, nectarine, firewood, dark chocolate, and toasted walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts. Its flavor is fantastically sweet and complex, with notes of fruit (apricot, peach, white grape, nectarine), honey, wood and minerals. The aftertaste is phenomenally full, and it changes with each re-infusion of Dan Cong Oolong. Brewed gong fu style, later infusions reveal a drier (yet still fruity) flavor profile with engaging, sophisticated mineral and woodsy notes. Chilled, Dan Cong Oolong is deliciously clean and fruity – a wonderful calorie-free alternative to fruit nectar. Pair this decadent tea with rich foods, like a fresh fruit and smoked bleu cheese platter, a dark chocolate torte or hazelnut French macaroons.

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Our mission is simple: to provide gourmet teas and practical teaware. We source all of our teas and teaware directly from China, Taiwan and India to ensure the maximum quality, value and freshness for our customers. By cutting out the middleman in our selection process, we can pass on savings to our customers and guarantee the quality of each and every one of our products.

43 Tasting Notes

4847 tasting notes

An AWESOME Oolong. Very flavorful. Delightful fruit tones of apricot and peach, and the osmanthus tones accentuate the peach-y flavors very nicely. I don’t know that I taste the individual nutty tones as mentioned in the description, but I definitely do taste a toasted nut flavor. I also taste the firewood … in fact, before having read the description, after my first sip, thoughts of firewood filled my head, and I didn’t know why until after reading the description and I realized that the tea had inspired those thoughts because of the warm, lightly smoky wood notes within the cup.

Very flavorful – this is the Oolong to suggest to someone who thinks that the flavor of Oolong is too delicate. This brew is definitely NOT delicate … a very rich flavor!

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985 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon…..

And tea 22 of 24. This one was sent by QuiltGuppy. Of course it has taken me way too long to try it.

It is my first darker oolong in a while. I am not sure I got enough leaf in my mug. I did get out the scale for prep and did 1 gram per cup, but I think I could have done iwth double the leaf for a stronger flavor. I did get fruity and nutty notes, but will have to try again to look for more nuances of this tea. It is definitely complex.

Mug method, about 190 water, 2 grams leaf, 3 minutes.

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432 tasting notes

This was alright. It wasn’t strong. Enough for me. I did get the minerally flavor to it but was hoping for something deeper. I think next time I will use more leaf and max out the steep time for better results.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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243 tasting notes

It is already a long day after a long holiday weekend (which I will be backlogging tea from throughout the week). this I tried to brew when I got to work. I am extremely disappointed to say that I think I brewed this tea completely wrong. I typically do not use boiling water – I almost always use “hot” water from the water cooler (the things in offices that deliver hot and cold water out of a large 5 gallon jug) which at home is around 180°F. We have one in work also, today the “hot” side was not working, so I quickly brewed up some water in my little coffee pot for tea (I just boil water in it, no coffee ever goes in there), unfortunately, I did not let the water cool enough and I am afraid the water was too hot and I let the tea infuse too long (at five minutes – the end of the brew spectrum for this tea).

The fragrance of the dried leaves was wonderful, even the aroma of the brewed tea is very nice, a sweet note with some woodsy aroma, however my tea is very astringent in flavor. I am getting no woodsy flavor or sweetness that everyone else experienced.

I have another sample of this, I will have to try again. For now, I will hold the rating because I do not think this was a true review.


I would suspect the long steep, not so much the brew temperature. This morning, I did also made a Dancong with slightly cooled boiling water and a 2 minute steep, and it is quite delicious.


Thanks Kryptryx, I will give it a try with a shorter infusion time as soon as possible.

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314 tasting notes

Woodsy…with slight bake-y hints of bittersweet cocoa powder. And a smidgen of apricot jam. Overlaid with a mild fruity scent.

This is pretty on par with thepuriTeas description. Although I don’t think I am detecting all of the nuances. The flavors I do detect are super subtle in themselves.

I like this well enough. But, overall, it may be just a tad too woodsy for me—it’s kind of bordering on dry bark.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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328 tasting notes

This was a delightful oolong. It is my first Dan Cong and I think this could be one of my favorites. It is bold flavor w/o an obvious roasting flavor. There were some subtle honey and fruity notes.
Until I re-read this descrption (after drinking), I did not realize this oolong was flavored w/osmanthus. I think I want to try some others that are not flavored w/osmanthus. At longer steeping times, this tea had a definite pucker that could have been contributed by the osmanthus.

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120 tasting notes

This is my first Dan Cong, Quiltguppy to be praised for adding so many new tasting opportunities. This has a natural peachy/apricot taste and smell. The silky Oolong texture is there, but it is lighter than other Oolongs I have tried. Golden in color, it has a slightly intense flavor at first sip then fades to a mirage of it’s earlier presentation. I love that effect. A hint of nuttiness (flavor not goofy) comes through as well. The description by the company says cocoa but I have not found it yet. Maybe on a second steep. I would like to pair it with something to eat, it seems to have a complimentary profile.

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218 tasting notes

ThepuriTea, why did you leave us when we are just getting into your teas???

This is the first time I drink this and I absolutely love it. I generally prefer green oolongs, but this is fantastic! Smells just pleasant and uneventful kind of grassy but the flavor… At first I taste sweetness of ripe fruit, then the buttery milkness kicks in in order to be replaced by flowery-perfumey notes that abruptly end with a mild vegetal aftertaste. I don’t remember when I’ve had a tea this complex, even though I have had a ton of marvellous teas in the past few weeks.

I feel so bad about not having included at least 2 servings of this in the Traveling Tea Box… It was on my list but ultimately it did not make the cut. It’s plain wonderful and I can only hope that Dan Congs from other places will be able to replace this one for me.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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247 tasting notes

Dry, this tea reminds me of long, dark fingers. Some of the leaves are as long as my pinkie finger. It smells so wonderful, nutty and floral together.

195/3 min. The tea is a medium reddish color. Its scent is bold with a fruity undertone. I smell the nuttiness still and almost a chocolate like flavor. More like cocoa. The taste is phenomenal. Fruity and nutty, and definitely a cocoa note, like unsweetened dark chocolate. I am particularly drawn to the fruitiness in the tea because as it cools, it becomes more and more pronounced.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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190 tasting notes

sipping this on a relaxing friday night- very good tea. Tasty, fruity, rich and delicious.

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