First off, if you can afford a sample of Dan Cong like this, you can afford a scale
. Get one.
See this chart for what 1 gram of one of my Po Tou Dan Cong looks like, and click on the image for a link to a larger version:
I use 1 gram for my tiniest teapot (where I need to add the leaves to the hot water, let them start to soften a moment, and push them in to make the long leaves fit!). By the time the leaves soften and swell up, the teapot is quite jammed with them. But for a tea that warns me up front about bitterness as frankly as this one, I'd start with 1 gram in my smaller gaiwans at 2.5 oz.
Tead Off wrote: If you are new to DC, I would suggest passing on this in favor of something more mainstream and closer to the DC flavor profile of newer teas. The description is also warning you of inherent bitterness if not handled properly. This might be an easy way to develop an aversion to DC.
But I agree with TeadOff here, that this is not going to be a great starter Dan Cong.This
was my starter with Phoenix oolongs: "Honey Orchid - Commercial Special Grade"--not a 'single bush' tea, but one good enough to give a good idea of what they're about, and harder to have turn on me than some of the 'single bush' Dan Congs.