Complex. Dried orange and red fruits, such as strawberries, cherries, cumquats and raisins mixed in with honeyed oats, faint vanilla pods, and flecks of fresh white peach flesh... dare I say it; muesli-esque. Figs, Dates, apricots, sweet orange citrus wet and relish the palate. Gold in colour, toasty and warm, spiced and smokey. More delicate and delicious on the second steep. (Daniel Honan @thewineidealist)
Leaf: large twisted leaf
Liquor: bright, golden
Aromatics: dried spice herbs, almost a sweet red curry element
Palate: quite dry and crunchy tannins, sweet moulds, chocolate covered porcini, apricot and peach.
Dan Cong oolongs are a famous type of oolong from Guandong Province in China’s southern coast. The meaning of Dan Cong is ‘single bush’ as these teas are harvested from singular tea trees rather than hedged tea bushes. The Phoenix Mountains are the home of the Dan Cong oolong, it has many old trees, and the soil is rich in minerals, which bring out the soft aspects of the tea. Dan Cong oolongs are easily identified by their stonefruit characteristics.
Origin: Phoenix Village, Guandong Province, China.
Quantity: 4-6g per 200 ml water (a generous tsp per cup)
Steeping time: 3-4 mins
Water temperature: 90°C
*This is a full leaf tea so is best steeped freely in a pot or cup, or a well sized infuser basket (not a ball infuser). The leaves can be infused multiple times.