Math wrote:puerhking wrote:12 Elegant Beauty Dancong from DTH
Peaches in heavy syrup...though with minimal sweetness. Good contrasting minerality makes it interesting. No floral notes which is nice for a change. Mouthfeel is above average. Enjoyable tea overall.
How do you find the DTH Phoenix teas Puerking? How do they hold up to other vendor's in term of quality in regards to the price? I'm asking because I haven't had the opportunity to try many Phoenix teas yet.
I got myself some snow orchid phoenix oolong about a year ago from DTH, my first venture into phoenix teas. I found the tea pleasant but a little harsh at places (when overbrewed) that accentuated the roast flavour in the first couple of infusions that I was not too fond of.
However had an urge to drink this tea the other day and brewed it up in 100 ml gaiwan. Had a mighty fine session. Mouthfeel, kuwei, huigan, all very good. Like a good raw puerh in terms of energy and mouthfeel, but with a great fruity oolong taste. The tea seemed to have mellowed out perfectly after a year on the shelf, the slightly off roast-flavour had completely dissipated. Really enjoyed the tea. Tried again two days later in a smaller gaiwan, now did not work out that well this time. I think a lot of it down to the fact that the first time I used just the right amount of tea, plus a too small gaiwan can be real finicky.
To be honest this is the first dancong I've tried from them. I would rate it above average compared to others, but for the price you wouldn't necessarily expect it to be on the top end. I have had the same experience with both dancongs and yancha....keeping them around for six months, a year and even two...can really improve them as the roast subsides.
Likewise your experience with brewing has been mine. I find if I brew in my 80 or 100ml gaiwan my results are more erratic, but with my 120ml gaiwan I hit the mark more often.