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Monday, December 13, 2010

Review:’s Dan Cong Oolong

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The Subject:  Dan Cong Oolong [More info]

Straight Tea Rating:

About the new rating designation.

Water temperature:180° F
Steeping time:3-5 mins. (different for each infusion)
Tea type:Oolong
Aroma, dry leaves:  Fruity, apricotty

1st Infusion:  
Steep time —3 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Apricot
Taste, plain —Subtle apricot, mild, not bitter
Color, plain —Pale peachy
2nd Infusion:
Steep time —4 mins.
Aroma, plain —Apricotty/peachy
Taste, plain —Apricotty/peachy, delicate, stronger as cools
Color, plain —Paler peachy
3rd Infusion:
Steep time —5 mins.
Aroma, plain —Peachy
Taste, plain —Light, peachy, smooth texture
Color, plain —Palest peachy

This tea is a fruity delight without any fruit being dumped in with the tea leaves. The flavor all comes from those leaves. That’s what is so amazing about high quality straight teas like this one. As you can see, the dry leaves are pretty dark, almost black, and fairly large in size, and after steeping, they show some greenness and it is apparent that at least some of them are that sought-after two-leaf-and-bud combo:

The instructions on the label are slightly different from those on the company’s site. We followed the package label and chose to steep each subsequent infusion a minute longer than the one before it. This resulted in three fairly equal infusions. One thing to note with each: their flavors, especially the fruitiness, get stronger as the liquid starts to cool. Let them sit a minute or two, and you will see quite a difference.

You can certainly enjoy this tea throughout the day or save it for a quiet tea moment.

Their packaging of these sample sizes were rather interesting.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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