Phoenix Oolong Xing Ren Xiang

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Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Almond, Roasted, Toast
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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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  • “This is a quality Dan Cong by my estimation. I do not have a wealth of experience with dan congs but they are beginning to become my new tea category to explore. Xing Ren Xiang (Almond fragrance)...” Read full tasting note
  • “Red Blossom’s site has some interesting info about Phoenix Oolongs and how they are from single groves grown to emulate the flavor or fragrance of a particular fruit or flower. This one is...” Read full tasting note
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Almond fragrance dan cong (Phoenix) Oolong.

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This is a quality Dan Cong by my estimation. I do not have a wealth of experience with dan congs but they are beginning to become my new tea category to explore. Xing Ren Xiang (Almond fragrance) has been really enjoyable. The leaves are twisted style and dark when dry.

My favorite part of brewing a phoenix oolong is getting my gaiwan nice and hot, emptying it and filling it with a heavy volume of dry leaf, replacing the top on the gaiwan and letting the aroma accumulate before I remove the top and stick my nose right into the warm gaiwan. Phoenix oolongs have an awesome stone-fruit aroma on the dry leaf that gets me excited. This one from Red Blossom is no exception.

This tea does have a tendency to go bitter if brewed too long, or with boiling water. I’ve been using water that’s around 190/195 I’ve found that to be ideal. Does it go bitter because that’s simply a characteristic of this tea? Or do I need to find a higher quality Dan Cong that won’t get bitter?

Any Dan Cong (Phoenix oolong) fans out there I can learn from?

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Pithy

Hello! Phoenix oolongs are some of my favorite teas. The bitterness you’re tasting is actually the intense finish that higher grade phoenixs are known for. Notice how it leaves a lingering sweetness at the back of your palate instead of a harsh upfront bitterness on the tip of your tongue (like for instance what would happen with an over brewed green tea). If you want it a little mellower, instead of using lower temperature water, keep the water at near boil and just use less leaves.

Hope this helps!

dylanj

Thanks Pithy!! What is your favorite dan cong fragrance? I have only tried honey and almond and I love them both. Do you rinse your don congs before the first brew?

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Red Blossom’s site has some interesting info about Phoenix Oolongs and how they are from single groves grown to emulate the flavor or fragrance of a particular fruit or flower. This one is “almond,” and so of course I was looking for the almond fragrance when I stuck my nose into the freshly opened packet.

And yeah, it’s there. It’s in and around the roasty-toasty, sharp, dark oolong dry leaf fragrance and to some extent overpowered by that aspect, but it’s there. The leaves are dark brown, twisty, and after a rinse look a little like birds nest material.

Gaiwan. 195F. Rinse. 15 seconds + 5 for each subsequent steep.

The tea is a light amber color and clear. It definitely has an almond note in the aroma and the flavor, which fascinates me. Having had a lot of almond flavored teas, that a tea can have this sort of flavor naturally is really cool.

The tea is fairly mild compared to what I was expecting from the sharp note of the dry leaves. That sharpness is filed off in the flavor, leaving a smooth roastiness.

I’m finding it a comforting tea for a winter morning. It didn’t change for me over four steeps, other than to become a bit stronger and rounder in flavor after the first steep, but the almond note sets is apart from other darker oolongs I’ve had. It makes me want to try the other Phoenix oolongs on Red Blossom’s site and see if they all do justice to the fruits or flowers they are meant to emulate.

Flavors: Almond, Roasted, Toast

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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