A little while back I weighed out the leaf I would typically use in making a 16 oz Western style mug of Dancong to help out Tiffanydrinkstea – I just pulled the first tin of Dancong that I found in my stash, and that was this one. Since it was out I decided to follow through and actually make the mug of tea after I’d weighed the leaf – plus, I’ve been drinking a fair bit of Western style Dancong lately and enjoying it.
I didn’t immediately fall in love with this cup, but it was enjoyable and cozy feeling. Made Western there’s really no astringency at all – and the flavour, while less nuanced than brewing Gongfu, still has some interesting layers to it. Medium bodied and full feeling liquor – with woody minerality and heady florals comprising the body of the cup. The undertones remind me a bit of citrus with a light pithy edge to it – not really any specific citrus though so I don’t know that on this cup alone I feel the “Pomelo” part of the name really stands out to me as overly accurate. Clean finish.
I feel like this might be the kind of oolong that grows on you the more cups you have, as you learn its quirks and intricacies – but based on just this one cup it was fine.