Review: “Old Bush Phoenix Oolong” from Imperial Tea Court


Owes its flavors to oxidation levels between green & black tea.

Review: “Old Bush Phoenix Oolong” from Imperial Tea Court

Postby edkrueger » Nov 2nd, '08, 12:30

Dan Cong “Old Bush Phoenix Oolong”
[Purchased in 2008. Probably from 2007 or 2008]
Imperial Tea Court

Steeped quickly in a Yixing Teapot ¾ full with leaves

3.5 Leaves: Medium/light roast. Some green color. Proper twisting. Very few off color leaves. Very few stems. Appears greener when wet.

4.5 Dry Aroma: Extremely fragrant. Peach like. This is how a Dan Cong should smell like!

4.5 Wet Aroma: When the water first touches the leaves a very strong peach smell is encountered. The smell remains sweet becoming more floral and honey like after a short wait. The peach smell returns every time when water is added.

6 Taste: Slightly too bitter. Some sweetness is barley noticeable.

7.5 Mouthfeel: Nice, but there is some pucker on the cheeks

7 Aftertaste: Pleasantly sour peach. Lingers for along time. A sweetness stays on the breath.

5 Resteep: Many, many steeps.

38/50
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Postby Salsero » Nov 2nd, '08, 13:55

Thanks for the nice review.

In my limited experience, that is a way lot of leaf for Dan Cong brewing, but I guess if it doesn't tear your mouth up too bad, it's OK.
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Postby edkrueger » Nov 2nd, '08, 15:28

The smell for this one is great. I've had others that taste better. I will post more reviews. I might be the de facto expert on Dan Cong here –since its so under appreciated.
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Postby Salsero » Nov 2nd, '08, 15:57

edkrueger wrote: I might be the de facto expert on Dan Cong here –since its so under appreciated.
You may well be. Imen is the de facto expert on the internet in general. HERE is her current inventory. The sample packs can be quite revealing, and she is very helpful at offering brewing guidance. You may enjoy browsing some of the old posts on her site as well.
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Postby edkrueger » Nov 2nd, '08, 17:22

Nice!
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Postby Victoria » Nov 2nd, '08, 19:40

edkrueger wrote:The smell for this one is great. I've had others that taste better. I will post more reviews. I might be the de facto expert on Dan Cong here –since its so under appreciated.


You may very well be. I've not had much success with them in general. To the point now, I shy away. It seems they are very fickle and inconsistent. It is hard to find a good one, and then *poof* it is gone.
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Postby Smells_Familiar » Nov 4th, '08, 01:05

Victoria wrote:It is hard to find a good one, and then *poof* it is gone.


houde's got some excelent dancong's in stock... at reasonable prices I might add...

dancong is one of my favorite teas and I've been Very pleased with almost all of guang's offerings.
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Postby t4texas » Nov 4th, '08, 01:15

Smells_Familiar wrote:
Victoria wrote:It is hard to find a good one, and then *poof* it is gone.


houde's got some excelent dancong's in stock... at reasonable prices I might add...

dancong is one of my favorite teas and I've been Very pleased with almost all of guang's offerings.


I agree. Try his three sample pack of DanCongs.
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