2014 Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Oolong Tea from Grand Tea

Lan Xiang OolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Grand Tea

Tea Description:

Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Limited Stock Dan Cong is family of stripe-style oolong teas from Guangdong Province. Dancong teas are noted for their ability to naturally imitate the flavors and fragrances of various flowers and fruits, such as orange blossom, orchid, grapefruit, almond, ginger flower, etc. This particular Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong oolong has a lovely aroma and a sweetness reminds of honey.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s Oolong time!  Oh, happy day, today I’m drinking this delightful Zhi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Oolong Tea from Grand Tea that was harvested in 2014.  It’s fresh and it is really good.

Really good!

It’s sweet!  And just as the description above suggests, it is very reminiscent of a honey-like sweetness.  I taste notes of fruit – a slightly under-ripe plum that’s both sweet and just a little sour.  There’s a hint of grapefruit, I taste that tangy note from grapefruit as well as just a hint of the bitterness that I’d taste from the citrus fruit.  I am also noticing a woodsy tone that continues to develop as I sip this first cup (infusions 1 and 2 following a 15 second rinse.)

The second cup (infusions 3 and 4) offered stronger fruit notes – I can really taste the grapefruit note this time!  It’s a bright note, complex with notes that are tart and sweet.  I find that the aforementioned plum note is maybe less prominent, allowing for the notes of the grapefruit to shine through.  Lots of sweet honey taste and I taste less of the woodsy tone that I noticed with the last cup.  This cup is all about sweet honey and fruit!

Later infusions produced a more unified taste.  The honey notes became smoother and softer, while the tangy notes of fruit became more subdued, allowing for the sweetness of the fruit and some notes of flower to emerge.

I really enjoyed this tea.  Yes, this Dan Cong Oolong would be welcome in my teacup anytime!

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