Another TeaVivre sample of a really fascinating Oolong. Check out the resources at the bottom of the page for more great information.
Another TeaVivre sample of their Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong. Quite a mouthful, however it is still pretty easy to decipher.
This tea hails from the Guangdong Province of China, on the Phoenix Mountain. Phoenix in Chinese is Feng Huang if you want to get fancy with it.
Also worth noting is that Dan Cong means "Single Bush." meaning that these trees are wild, unpruned trees that are not confined to garden rows. When one thinks "wild" or "arbor" trees, often you think of large leaves that impart astringent flavors and brew a very dense tea. As we'll see, this is definitely not true for this particular tea.
Lastly, this tea comes from the cultivar Shui Xian, which also produces the tea of the same name that I previously reviewed. However, the Phoenix Dan Cong is produced on the Phoenix Mountain in Guandong, while the Shui Xian is produced in the WuYi mountains on much younger tea bushes.
This tea did not have the roasted smell or appearance of the Shui Xian, which was a pleasant change from the Rock Oolongs that I've recently been having. The smell reminded me of bitter fruits, like lemon peel or orange rind. I was eager to get to brewing in the Yixing pot that is seasoned for Chinese Oolongs.
The resulting liquor was bright yellow and the smell increased of the fruit peel. TeaVivre says that it has a "Sweet aftertaste, shows a strong effect on secreting saliva." This umami quality was definitely present. I took their recommendation and did a short brew at 30 seconds with 190 degree water.
I really enjoyed this tea and I will definitely consider buying more in a later shipment. I'm really learning more and more with every new tea that I try, and I hope that you are too. Here are some great articles that I came upon for more information on Phoenix Dan Cong.