Tea: Royal Phoenix

A Dancong Oolong from The Tao of Tea

Picture of Royal Phoenix
Brand:The Tao of Tea
Style:Dancong Oolong
Region:Guangdong, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Product page:Royal Phoenix

Review of Royal Phoenix

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7 of 105 of 55 of 590 of 100
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This is a 2nd generation Mi-Lan varietal Dancong from the Phoenix Mountains (Fenghuang Shan) in Guangdong Province. I've heard amazing things about this type of Oolong and I must say, it does not disappoint. It tastes extremely elegant and well crafted. It is rather smooth and leaves a coating around your mouth along with a very pleasant sweet aftertaste. I think the best thing about this tea is its' subtlety and how its' flavor evolves after brewing. There is no flavor or fragrance that jumps out and overpowers everything else. Everything blends together well in harmony and continues to get more complex the longer the tea sits in your glass or pot. There is a smoky undertone along with slight hint of fruit (can't nail down what kind though). This is the kind of tea I always imagined would be hiding in the back of a Chinese restaurant waiting for someone to ask the waitress in Chinese for the "good stuff". :) I brewed 1 teaspoon to 12 oz Western Style at 185°F for about 4 minutes and I don't think I'm going to make any adjustments on the next go because this seemed to be just about right. This was a steal at $9.95 for 2.5 oz.

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