Dan Cong Black

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 oz / 160 ml

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Beautifully curled, long, thin dark leaves release a wonderful velvety smooth liquor of malty sweetness with a hint of apricot and orchid. A rare and intriguing tea that rewards you with several delicious infusions.

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Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.

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I am so pleased with my Canton Tea Co club membership so far. Work has been crazy, so I don’t have a lot of time for Steepster as of late. :-(

I wanted to quickly log this one. It’s wonderfully chocolatey and fruity. There was also an acidity in the finish that reminds me of chewing on red grape skins. This isn’t a bold enough black to really suit my tastes as of late, but I look forward to trying in gongfu style when I have the time!

Also, I wish I could afford to take advantage of the sale Canton’s having right now! So tempting…

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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784 tasting notes

Really nice. A slight sweetness and very smooth. No astringency at all.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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1379 tasting notes

This is an old Canton Tea Club sample that I’ve tried before but forgot to review. Luckily I have just enough left to write some quick notes with. Usually my husband would be joining me but tonight he’s riding the Jack Daniels train and I can’t drink on my medication.

The leaves are very dark brown almost black with a few golden tips present. They are long and thin for the most part, guessing an average of 8mm long. They have a smoky, damp wooden scent with a dry leather like presence.

Steeping in my gaiwan using 6g of leaves and roughly 160ml of water.

First Steep – 20 seconds
Light yet sweet and fruity with malt tones. I’m tasting honey also. Fruit wise all I can think of is apricot which is unusual for a black tea.

Second Steep – 40 seconds
Light but still flavourful. Floral wise I say it reminds me of orchid, but also still getting the malt and apricot tones too. Also a little dry in the after taste.

Third Steep – 60 seconds
Carrying on in flavour nicely though it’s starting to become more subtle. I’m really starting to like the orchid and apricot combo, unusual but refreshing.

Fourth Steep – 80 seconds
Definitely the end of tonight’s steeps, it’s now very delicate and a little sour. All that remains is the apricot and honey.

For the most part this tea remained consistent in flavour throughout steeps. It never became astringent and though it became a little dry towards the end it was more than acceptable. While I am not overly keen on light black teas I found this particular one to be full of flavour and very enjoyable. Sad to see this one go.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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