Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea
...The tea has a high aroma with a different taste between the first sip and aftertaste. Along with the fragrance of sweet potato, an aroma of litchi will also be felt from the liquid...
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 of 1 page with 5 reviewsThe aroma of the long, twisted leaves is a blend of sweet and sharp. There are notes of dried cherry and smoke with a finish of orchids and sweet potatoes.
The first steep is quite smooth, a very refreshing mouthfeel with really enjoyable effect that causes you to salivate. The taste is fairly light, a very sweet blend of cherries and lychees with a hint of pine resin. At the finish there is a little bit of coal, but mostly this tea is all sweetness. I got quite a few steeps out of this tea.
Wooden, plain taste without fruity nor floral notes
I thought this tea was superb! I brewed it for a short amount of time and have no complaints -- no bitter aftertaste, subtle flavor, silky smooth texture -- this tea was great for sipping and relaxing with at lunch. It was even good to drink when cool. I look forward to having this again!
Alex Zorach (1274 reviews) on Feb. 21st, 2013
Dry leaf consists of large, dark grayish-brown, twisted whole leaves, and is intensely aromatic, with the aroma strongly fruity as well as herbaceous and skunky.
Upon brewing, produces a surprisingly clear cup with a light brown color. Intensely fruity aroma to the brewed cup. TeaVivre describes this tea as having an aroma of Lichee, and I definitely think this is a good descriptor. Unlike some other fruity dancong that I've had though, this tea has great depth to it and there are so many other aromas that emerge...woody, honey-like floral tones, a hint of sweet peppercorn. Roasty finish. Flavor is surprisingly crisp without being bitter. The overall character of this tea seems to contain both warming and cooling attributes, which combined with the complex aroma, makes for a very complex drinking experience--at least in the first cup.
I brewed this tea multiple times, each time in a mug. This tea brewed multiple infusions, but I found that the first was the most complex. If I brewed the first cup for 3 minutes, the second infusion was very pleasant, but more like other oolongs and less unusual. The fruity aroma was mostly gone.
I strongly preferred shorter steepings--on the low end of TeaVivre's recommendations, or even shorter. They recommend starting with 1 minute, I recommend much briefer, and then making the infusions slightly longer for each cup. Brewed this way, the first cup was still the most complex. The subsequent cups were very similar to each other, and very different from the first: honey-like and mild, with faint woody tones, moving into herbaceous tones in later infusions. It was easy to get 4 infusions out.
All cups were full-bodied and rich.
I perceive this as a tea that is mind-blowingly complex in the first infusion, but winds down to an oolong that is good, but not remarkable, for at least 3 more cups, probably more if you're skilled in brewing. I think the price is very good for a tea of this quality.
Usually when I write a review, I do it from the perspective of trying to give whoever reads it a sense of what to expect - what the tea is likely to taste like, how it will respond to different kinds of brewing conditions, what other kinds of teas and experiences it's likely to resemble - rather than saying whether I think it's good or bad.
In the case of this tea, I loved it so much that it's hard for me to write that kind of review. It's unusual, much fruitier than I'm used to from oolongs, while at the same time having that very earthy, slightly nutty, slightly roasty quality that I'm more used to from that kind of tea. The dry leaves smell mostly earthy and a little musky, but once brewed, the aroma becomes brightly fruity. The website claims it smells of litchi, and I think that's exactly right - the strong litchi scent was uncanny.
I brewed it at or near boiling, and played around with steep times a lot. In general, the shorter the steep, the more fruity the tea, but even relatively long steepings (5 minutes and more) didn't completely brew the juicy litchi quality out of it. Under any conditions, the taste of the brew is complex. The initial taste is very fruity and not so much sweet as juicy and honey-like, and it develops a more and more earthy quality towards the middle and finish. Steeping it relatively long makes it go a little bitter on the finish, but not exceedingly, and in exchange the brew becomes richer.
I'm not sure if this particular flavor profile will appeal to others, but I really, completely loved it. It was delicious, warming, and invigorating. I loved the taste, and felt awake without feeling overcaffeinated after drinking rather a lot of it.
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