This Dan Cong oolong is of ‘Zhilang’ flavour which is ‘iris flowers’. It is more pungent and thicker than other Dan Cong oolongs I have tried. I found that it is not very common, although I found a few dealers selling this type internationally. I have to say it is not my personal favourite Dan Cong as I thought the strength of this tea, made it a little challenging to enjoy the different notes that may be underlying.
This oolong made one of the darkest brews that I have seen from an oolong tea. The taste was full of spicy notes and somehow overwhelming. Some bitterness kicked in, which turned into a lingering sweetness. It reminded me of a tea I drink regularly, which is lotus seed tea.
While this may not be my first choice for a Phoenix Dan Cong, I am astonished how different Dan Cong Oolongs could be from each other.
Harvest time: 2020
Leaf colour: Tones of dark brown with reddish edges
Liquor colour: Dark orange/amber
Tea aroma: Smoky and woody
Tea taste: Full-bodied and spicy with a sweet finish
Steeping/brewing: Place 6 g of this tea in a teapot or gaiwan and add about 100 ml water at around 100°C. Rinse after 5 sec. Steep for 10 seconds for the second time and increase the consecutive steeping time by 10 seconds each time. You can steep this tea six or seven times.
Shelf life: 2-3 years