Oolong Mi Lan Dan Cong from Canton Tea Co

MiLanDanCongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Canton Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Dan Cong is the champagne of oolong tea: ripe with intense fruit and sweetness. The first time people taste this tea they are astonished by the arresting honey and floral notes – all completely natural. The tender leaves are thoroughly fermented and baked to produce a rich liquor bursting with peach, lychee, honey and orchid flavours. Grown on a plantation on the lower slopes of Wu Dong Mountain, Chao Zhou, this high-grade Chinese tea can be enjoyed through multiple infusion. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Canton Tea Co. is another company that I have always wanted to try but never did.  I don’t have an answer of why I never ordered from them or swapped with a fellow Steepster friend, but I just seemed to stay in the realm of flavored teas. I lived a sheltered tea existence. . . until recently when I started devouring straight teas.

This tea delivered everything single flavor that is mentioned in the description.  This particular oolong is sweet and full of flavor.  Honey like with floral notes all the way.  Hints here and there of a baked taste that just makes you want more.  I can’t describe this tea to the level it should be.  I’m actually in awe of how much I love this tea.

I was able to get several more infusions out of this tea even to the point of getting more of the peach notes that are described in the description.  Just so delicate so light. The right amount of floral and the right amount of sweet.  I have a crush on this tea.

I prepped this up using water heated from my One Touch Breville and I swear I was brewing up tea every 2 minutes.  My tea cup seemed to be perpetually empty.  I know.  #First World Problems here.

This tea is a most for me when I start ordering teas again.  I’m on a slight hiatus with the upcoming nuptials in all.  (AH! I’m getting married in November!) But as soon as we get back from the honeymoon, Canton Tea I’m coming for you!

Da Hong Pao from Cha Ceremony

dahongpaoTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Cha Ceremony

Tea Description:

This tea is medium roasted with a subtle earthy, mineral taste, it possesses fruity notes along with a distinct crispness that is unique to rock grown tea such as this offering.

Depending on how you prepare it the tea will take on different notes, we urge you to experiment and take your time enjoying each infusion.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Cha Ceremony is a new company founded by one of our Steepster friends, Marcus Reed.  Cha Ceremony specializes in rock grown oolong, also known as yancha.  Marcus’s vision for Cha Ceremony is full what he calls a niche market by providing quality tea with great customer service.  I think he is on the right track. .

My first tea I am trying from Cha Ceremony is a Da Hong Pao.  This tea is beautiful to look at.  The long leaves really give this tea a gorgeous presentation.  I steeped this up in my teapot and sat down at the table to get to “business”.

This tea was fabulous and so giving.  My first infusion was sweet with a mineral like finish.  Very smooth and slightly roasted.  Very rich and full bodied.  I could have drank this tea all night if the flavors would have stayed in this vein.  I really really liked it.  The different flavor profiles contrasted with each other providing this gorgeous balanced flavor that I just can’t get over.  I haven’t had a tea like this in a long time.

My second infusion so still just as gorgeous but there was more of an earthly flavor and -the roasted flavor a bit less.  The contrasting flavors still there, all just a bit more subtle.

Third infusion, so fantastic.  Earthly roasted goodness.  Just heaven.  Hints of sweetness creeping back in and this time there are more fruity notes instead of just being sweet.

After the third infusion, I decided to try this as a cold brew so we will see what I am greeted with in the morning.  I’m sure this tea would have given more, but it was bedtime and I had my herbal tea still to drink for the night to help relax me.

For my first foray into the world of Cha Ceremony, I’m a happy camper.  I want to dive more into what Marcus has to offer and really spend time with his teas.