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Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

About Dancong Oolong

Plate with wet dark tea leaves in a bowl, and three cups of golden-colored tea, on wooden trayLeaves and brewed cup of dancong oolong. Public Domain Photo.

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.

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Picture of Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong

The name is accurate: it does smell like honey and flowers. Like Teavivre's Ya Shi Xiang and Da Wu Ye, it has a creamy mouthfeel and sweet, fruity taste. However, I'm not sure it's worth the price considering the cheaper Da Wu Ye from Teavivre or the cheaper and likely better Mi Lan Xiang from both Yunnan Sourcing and ...

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80 / 100
Picture of Da Wu Ye (Big Dark Leaf) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong

Bright floral aroma, creamy mouthfeel. Later infusions have a note of peach with a mildly spicy finish. Pretty much a stereotypical Dancong. I'd recommend this to someone who has never tried one before. If you have, there's nothing new here, but I don't think there's really anything bad about it either unless you're us...

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78 / 100
Picture of Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

I like floral teas, but this was a little too floral for me. Great creamy mouthfeel, though.

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95 / 100
Picture of Huang Zhi Xiang Dan Cong Oolong

Very fruity and aromatic tea. More than 10 steeps can be done with 5 gr!

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80 / 100
Picture of Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

The dry leaves look brown and have a lightly roasted scent with notes of sweetness and flowers. This is a bit deceptive because after rinsing, the leaves are a very deep green and don't appear so roasted anymore.

The tea has roasted notes, sweet and floral notes which are reminiscent of gardenia but are sweeter and ...

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Picture of Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Dancong Oolong
Region:Guangdong, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
87
5 Ratings
Picture of Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Dancong Oolong
Region:Guangdong, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Auspicious Ayame Wulong™ Oolong Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Dancong Oolong
Region:Hubei, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Phoenix Mountain Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Dancong Oolong
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Royal Phoenix

Brand:The Tao of Tea
Style:Dancong Oolong
Region:Guangdong, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

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Picture of Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Dancong Oolong
Region:Guangdong, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
87
5 Ratings

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