|"There were, without a doubt, several notes mixing together, but it did not reach the complexity one would expect."|
Among the innumerable varieties of tea situates one of the most distinct and coveted. More than perhaps any other, Dan Cong Oolong possesses uncanny characteristics strongly reminiscent of flavors not of tea (orange, grapefruit, almonds, even cinnamon). With leaves possessing a dark, wiry nature similar to those of Wuyi oolongs, the far from roasted flavor profile may shock first timers. I’ll admit it did just so for me.
Overall, my experience with Dan Cong is a tad lacking, and I decided to brew Teavivre’s Dan Cong gongfu style in hopes of bringing out every bit of the tea’s complexity. Little did I know the leaves are perhaps the finickiest under such an approach. Needless to say, I learned quite quickly. Despite a first infusion of only 30-45 seconds, my cup contained a slight astringency that masked the vibrant tasting notes I was hoping for. Quite honestly, it was rare to find satisfaction with any infusion from a gongfu approach, as each brew was either flatlined or bitingly bitter. The steeper-than-average learning curve to the tea led me to try a safer brewing method: an 8 oz glass infuser with about one teaspoon of loose leaf.
With my second attempt came much more of a reward. The liquor boasted the sharp fruitiness I had been hoping for as well as a spot of honey. There were, without a doubt, several notes mixing together, but it did not reach the complexity one would expect. Moreover, and even after different brewing styles, temperatures, time ranges, et cetera, the tea did not hold up through multiple infusions – a central characteristic of a high-quality Dan Cong.
Plenty robust in overall composition, Teavivire’s Dan Cong still stands as a recommendable buy with a very affordable price tag for 3.5 oz. As with all of Teavivire’s loose leaf, the Dan Cong is organic. While I would have liked more from my many infusions, affordability and organic-based are two elements that understandably up the tea’s selling point. For the tea aficionado, Teavivre’s offering of the beloved tea may not serve as the best bet.
— To purchase Teavivre Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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