Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Teavivre
Phoenix Dan Cong is a famous Tie Guan Yin from Guangdong Province. The tea has a high aroma with a different taste between the first sip and aftertaste. Along with the fragrance of sweet potato, an aroma of litchi will also be felt from the liquid. Be aware of the infusion of this tea. If you use gai wan, remember to quickly pour the liquid into your pitcher, instead of a long time’s infusion. A shorter time for the first brew will bring a more wonderful taste because the fruity aroma is stronger by now.
Learn more about this tea here.
So good! I’m really glad that I read the website’s description of this Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from Teavivre (the description above!) before I steeped this. I took extra care to only steep the first infusion for 30 seconds rather than the usual 45 seconds (I add 15 seconds to each subsequent infusion), because this ended up tasting amazing with just 30 seconds infusion time!
It has a strong litchi (or lychee) fruit taste to it. In fact, had I not known this was a pure (unflavored) tea, I would think it was a lychee scented Oolong. The fruit flavor is really quite profound! I am also getting the sweet potato notes that the description suggests – not just in the aroma but in the flavor – a note that is especially distinguishable in the aftertaste. This is a very flavorful Oolong.
It has a pleasant, silky texture to it with a mild astringency. There are some woodsy notes to this tea as well as the fruit notes. I am surprised at just how flavorful this first cup (infusions 1 and 2) is. I find myself looking forward to my next set of infusions!
The second cup (infusions 3 and 4) to be sweet and very flavorful. I am noticing more of the aforementioned “woodsy” notes in this cup than I tasted in the first. The litchi notes are still quite profound here. I notice fewer of the sweet potato notes in the taste and aftertaste. This cup is a little less “silky” feeling. It has a dryer finish than the first cup.
With my third cup (infusions 5 and 6), I found the flavors beginning to soften and become more unified. The flavors here are less sharp and focused, but, there is something quite lovely about the way they all come together. It is still sweet, fruit-like, and delicious. In fact, this may be my favorite of the three cups because it is much more relaxed.
This is a unique Oolong – quite different from any other that I’ve tried … or at least, any that come to immediate memory! I can’t recall a pure Oolong tasting so distinctly of litchi. It’s rather remarkable and I enjoyed it.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!