Dancong Chi Ye 2013 No. 503

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Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral, Orchids, Passion Fruit, Roasted, Sweet, Toast
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From Zhao Zhou

Dancong Chi Ye is a kind, cheerful tea that is a perfect company for calm, friendly conversations. The fresh, flowery fragrance and spicy, yet sweet flavour is followed by a lightsome after-feeling.

The well-known phoenix oolongs are famous for their impressive fragrance and long-lasting, round, creamy flavour.

The term dancong (单枞) originally meant phoenix teas all picked from one tree. In recent times though it has become a generic term for all Phoenix Mountain (凤凰山, Fenghuang) oolongs. The dancongs’ name often refers to a certain scent/savour (e.g. milan xian, honey-orchid fragrance).

Preparing Instructions:

Quantity: 5-6 gramm per 150ml.
Water temperature: 95ºC. From fresh spring water or filtered water.
Brewing time: 3-3-5-7…seconds
Infusions: 6-8

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1705 tasting notes

The next few teas are going to be a bunch of backlogs from this sampler, and the Song Zhong sampler I had from Harney and Sons.

Every tea has been great from Zhao Zhou. This one was one of my favorites. It had the usual notes of a slightly toastier Dan Cong and the usual fruity peach notes and floral orchid ones, but it was a little bit deeper overall. The roast blended effortlessly with the stone fruit ones in a mineral textured complexity. I followed the instructions as they listed, and it occasionally had a cassia spiciness from the roast. I occasionally got something similar to plum or grapefruit, but every once in a while, I got something a little bit more tropical like passionfruit. I wish I wrote the notes at the time to accurately describe the fruits, because whereas the other dancongs were more akin to lychee and mango, this one was a little bit more robust and “red” in fruits. It was as viscous and creamy as the others, but more complex with its toasty accents. I’m half tempted to get more of this one in particular, although all the Dancongs Zhao Zhou offers are great in their own right.

I hope this note does this tea service. Overall, this tea had a great balance between its fiery toast notes and its fruity and floral ones. It also had a decent amount of longevity for nine good brews gong fu as the company recommended.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral, Orchids, Passion Fruit, Roasted, Sweet, Toast


I’ll have to look into this one. Passionfruit, for me, is like the rare treasure note in teas.

Daylon R Thomas

Dido. It was something I personally got from this tea and the Dan Zhu, but moreso the Dan Zhu. Even if you don’t taste it, this was a very good tea that was different from the other Dan Congs I’ve had.


Mmm, wishlisted.

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