Review: Canton Tea Co. Xing Ren Dan Cong

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Xing Ren Dan Cong is a Chinese green tea that is processed as an Oolong. The leaves are from long-leafed varieties of Camellia sinsensis and are grown mainly in a few parts of southwest China and Taiwan. The leaves are picked just before they reach maturity and are then withered in the sun. Then they are moved indoors and baked to slow oxidation and then fired to stop the oxidation process. The Dan Cong variety of Oolong is more heavily oxidised and is then rolled by hand. The amount of time and the intensity of the oxidation process is what determines the distinct flavour of each type of tea.

This particular Dan Cong is called Xing Ren or apricot seed. As you can imagine the tea has a distinct apricot flavour as well as a bit of nuttiness that tastes somewhat like almond. Xing Ren Dan Cong is a very rare tea as it is picked from only one bush which makes it a very expensive tea. It is grown high on the Wu Dong mountain in the Guang Dong province of China.

When I prepared the tea I used 5g of leaves and steeped 10 times. The first steep was at 200F for 15 seconds using the gong fu method of brewing tea. The following steeps were at 195F for increasing amounts of time (20-90 seconds). Each steep had a consistent flavour but the 7th-10th steeps were very good. The flavour mellowed out quite a bit and become much smoother.

The leaves are long and rolled as you can expect from a Dan Cong and the liquor is a light orangey colour. The flavour is sweet and nutty even a bit woody. It has a hint of floral or vegetal notes in the taste. I also noticed a bit of a toasty or burnt flavour. It is clean and mellow with a lot of body.

The Canton Tea Company website is fresh and modern with a clean look. It is well organized and easy to use. I especially enjoyed the “Tea School” section which contains information on the history and development of tea as well of information specific to the different types of tea and how to brew them.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Xing Ren Dan Cong, 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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