I consider this to be a connoisseur’s tea. This is an elegant dan cong full of nuance and texture that’s best appreciated by a seasoned palette. It has less of the juicy characteristics usually seen in dan cong and is more akin to a refined high mountain oolong.
It begins like a fairly typical dan cong with some honey and spice in the mouth. There’s a gentle floral hint in the finish. The roast is soft and doesn’t have that oily/mineral sensation of dark oolongs. To be sure, the minerality is there but it’s light and caresses your throat as it goes down. By the third steep what little roastiness there is clears up. The tea becomes sweeter and has a bright floral aftertaste reminiscent of magnolia and honeysuckle. There’s a linen like softness to the texture and a playful tickle in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and supple like silk. As it progresses it becomes fruity with subtle hints of lychee and saffron.
I really enjoyed how this tea evolved over steeps. You don’t often see that in dan cong. It had an almost ethereal mouthfeel that was so soft and airy. Just a wonderful tea that you need to slow down and relax in order to savor its delicate flavor.
Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Herbaceous, Honey, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lychee, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Pine, Saffron, Spices