Guangdong Big Black Leaf 'Da Wu Ye' Dan Cong Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong
Flavors
Nutty, Orange Blossom, Smooth, Sweet, Thick, Walnut, Wood, Floral, Honey, Orchid
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 oz / 177 ml

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We are proud to select Da Wu Ye as our very first tea of the week, available for free until next Monday (August 11th) when it will be replaced by our next tea of the week. We hope you take this opportunity to try what we consider one of our favourite oolongs from China.

Da Wu Ye is a great lightly roasted Oolong possessing an incredibly smooth texture, delightful orchid aroma and splendid walnut-shell taste.

Tasting Notes:
- Floral fragrance
- Very smooth texture
- Unique walnut-shell taste
Origin: Mount Wudong, Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China
Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 80°C/176°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 2-3 minutes
- Always remove the leaves from the water once the tea has brewed
- Re-use the leaves multiple times and increase steeping time with each subsequent infusion
- Best without milk
We always recommend experimenting with any new tea, to find the parameters which suit you best.
Packaging: Aluminium ziplock bag to best protect the tea from outside air, moisture and smell while also easily resealed.

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Pleasant and mild with a slightly tannic aftertaste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A few more leaves, and more really nice florals. It’s so floral that it tastes closer to a greener oolong than a darker one. Still juicy, but I get even more walnut with the orange blossom. I’m actually getting a little bit of jasmine note. And it’s so much sweeter this time, too. The water was boiling, the steeping time for the first one was around a minute, the second a little bit less than two. I wish I wrote them down. I was brewing by smell and color than by actual timing. When it peaked at a sweet floral, that’s when I stopped. When it smelled more like walnut, that’s when I oversteeped which I learned last time I brewed this. This tea has officially become one of my favorites.

Flavors: Floral, Smooth, Sweet, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Remember about a month ago when Ben let me borrow his computer to play the Minecraft demo? I have not been able to go back to the Xbox version since then, I tasted the forbidden fruit and now I cannot go back. Sadly my computer is garbage, so I have come up with a plan…I am going to save my money and get a desktop PC. I will get the cheapest I can (that will still play my beloved Minecraft) and then add to it as I get more money and can upgrade it. My next goal would be to make Let’s Play videos (mainly for my mom to watch, hehe) it is going to take forever, probably about six months before I can do it, but it will be a thing of beauty. Wish me luck!

But enough about my geeky goals, it is time for tea! Today’s tea is from What-Cha, a new tea company from my ancestral homeland of England (ok, not that ancestral since my dad was English.) Before I get into the review I have to point out their company logo. It is a Chinese dragon wearing a top hat and sipping tea…I have never been more in love with a logo EVER, if it ever gets made into a tea-shirt I would wear it constantly.

Anyway, Guangdong Big Black Leaf ‘Da Wu Ye’ Dan Cong Oolong is a lightly roasted curly leaf oolong from Guangdong Province in China. I admit, I did not know much about this particular Dan Cong, so I did a bit of research (like I do) and discovered that Da Wu Ye belongs to the orchid aroma category and it is one of the teas suitable for making the Ginger Flower Fragrance or Jian Hua Xiang. The aroma of the dry leaves is heady and very sweet, there are intense notes of orchid and orange blossom, this sweet flower nectar aroma also has a creamy quality and a hint of lychees and a tiny little blip of toasted sesame at the finish. I might have spent the entire time the tea kettle was heating up with my nose in the leaves, just enjoying their delicious aroma.

And into the gaiwan it goes for a nice, brief steeping. The real trick to get the most out of a Dan Cong is a short first steep and then longer ones on the later steeps, at least if you are brewing it in a gaiwan. After their steeping, the leaves now have a milky and nutty aroma, still sweet but only a fraction of the previous sweetness, it is very rich. The liquid is quite interesting, with notes of milk, black walnuts, honey, and sweet undertones of flower nectar. The aroma has a heaviness to it.

The first sipping is delicate, with a flowery beginning of orchids and nectar sweetness. This fades to a creamy fruitiness that is a blend of lychees and scuppernongs. The finish is fun, it has a sharp taste and mouthfeel that reminds me of black walnuts. It is a bit uncanny how the finish is just like I ate a handful of black walnuts, such delicious and intense nuts.

For the second steeping, the aroma is much more floral than the first steeping, there are sweet notes of orange blossom and orchid, the finish is nutty. The taste starts out sweet and smooth, with floral notes and a touch of honey. This transitions to black walnuts with a sharp, slightly dry finish. The black walnut taste lingers as an aftertaste.

Third steeping time! The aroma is faintly sweet, a bit of nuttiness and a bit of floral. It is pretty faint compared to the previous steep’s aroma. The taste this time around starts off with black walnut, there is still a touch of sharpness, but it is not as strong. This fades to a gentle orange blossom sweetness that lingers as an aftertaste. Well, what I have learned from this is I really need to try more Dan Cong Oolongs, all the ones I have had have been unique and very enjoyable. I also look forward to trying more of the samples that What-Cha sent my way.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/08/what-cha-guangdong-big-black-leaf-da-wu.html

Flavors: Honey, Orange Blossom, Orchid, Walnut

carol who

I love the logo!

TeaNecromancer

Whoever thought of that logo is awesome.

Veronica

Do you watch any of the Minecraft broadcasters on Twitch TV? My family is hooked on Bacon Donut. We’re also watching The Build Guild Season 5. So much fun! :)

TeaNecromancer

I do! I tend to mostly watch the various Minecrack members, though I do occasionally watch some other random players. I will have to look into Bacon Donut, I am always looking for more stuff to watch. I pretty much always have various Minecraft Let’s Plays on while I am sipping tea and crafting.

What-Cha

Thanks for the great review Amanda. The logo idea of a dragon drinking tea with a top hat is my own, but all other design credit must go to reddit user John765, look him up if you want a great looking logo at a very reasonable rate.

Ost

This may or may not be a stretch but I figure it’s worth asking…
Do you watch Achievement Hunter? :P

TeaNecromancer

I do, they are probably one of my favorite Let’s Play channels to watch. So much fun, so much insanity!

Ost

I love video games but really suck at actually playing them myself but I love watching other people play them. AH is the best! XD do you keep up with their lets play Minecraft vids? :D

TeaNecromancer

I have probably seen all of the Minecraft videos, a friend linked me to their first one when I was sick and it cheered me up so much that I still just sit and watch a bunch of them when I feel off.

I am ok at some video games, mostly Minecraft :P but I never tire of watching other people play, it is essentially my TV

Ost

Haha hey! I found those videos when I didn’t feel well too! :P
They always help cheer you up!
I’m happy to know another fan of RT on here! :D

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