Updated: Mar. 14, 2014
About Dancong Oolong
Fen Huan Dan Cong
from Upton Tea
Dan cong(单枞) or dancong, meaning single trunk, is a type of oolong tea, the leaves of which are gathered from a tree-like tea plant with a single trunk, in contrast to the bushy growth habit that most tea plants have been cultivated to grow in. Although the leaf color varies somewhat, the leaves are often very dark, often darker than some black teas. The leaves of dan cong are very aromatic and their aroma is often described as resembling various flowers, fruits, and spices.
There are many varieties of dancong, which have a surprising amount of variability in aroma. These varieties are very old and have origins that have been traced back hundreds of years.
Dan cong is frequently called feng huang dancong(凤凰单枞), meaning phoenix dan cong. This name refers to the Phoenix Mountains (Feng Huang Shan) in Guangdong province. However, the name "Feng Huang dancong" is often freely used to refer to dancong grown in other regions as well. For this reason, dancong oolong is sometimes referred to as Phoenix oolong.
Dan cong is sometimes aged.
Best Dancong Oolong
The notion of the "best" Dancong Oolong is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
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