Packet 35g
$25.24 ($0.72/g)
Taster 5gram
Pouch 150g
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    Wow, this tea is awesome! It's so peachy and fresh. I gave it to my sister who has never tried real tea and she thought it was a fruit type tea. She couldn't believe it was just tea leaves! A+

    Recommends this tea

A Mei Leaf winner for decades. This is one of my favourite tea types for its rich, fruity, floral highs and deep resinous base.

Known as a doppelganger tea for its ability to imitate surrounding plants, Dan Cong teas are a wonder and if you haven't tried one then you simply have to pick some up.

This is one of China's oldest and most famous teas and was first cultivated about 1000 years ago. It is made from middle aged trees and charcoal roasted for a richer flavour. The result are long, curled, dark amber leaves which brew the most delicious tea.

This video is an extract from a longer tasting session.

Because of the genetic variation and the rich diversity of the vegetation, true Dan Cong Phoenix Oolong has a large variety of flavour profiles. Tea farmers have tried to define them in groups pomelo flower, magnolia, ginger flower etc. This tea is Honey Orchid aroma (Mi Lan Xiang) and is made from semi wild trees that are approximately 65 years old.

When seeking out the best batch of Mi Lan each year we look for many factors.

The first is aroma which needs to have that trademark stone fruit, orchid and honey blend in abundance but also must have depth and a resinous quality.

The next is the mouthfeel. Often Dan Cong Oolong can be a little thin or empty in the mouth. Our Dan Cong has to be syrupy and filling.

Finally the taste and aftertaste need to live up to the expectations promised by the aroma. A tea can smell delightful but it just does not translate with enough flavour in the mouth.

Check out the tasting notes to see how much we adore this batch!

Learn more about Dan Congs

Join us in Wudong mountain to learn about the making of Dan Cong tea.

Dan Cong means 'Single Bush'. But not all Phoenix Oolong is actually a Dan Cong, in fact most tea buyers will buy garden bush tea which is being sold as single bush. Similarly, any tea tree that is grown from a seed could be called Dan Cong so this name is a bit erroneous.

Whatever the details of the name, one thing is for sure, the flavour difference between garden Phoenix Oolong and true Dan Cong Phoenix Oolong is remarkable. This is because of a few factors:

1. Garden tea is younger

The best tea comes from leaves that have high mineral content. The younger the tea bush the smaller the roots which means that they cannot absorb many minerals from the soil. Because the garden tea is cultivated together, each plant is competing with many neighbouring tea plants for the same minerals so they just can't get as much.

2. Variety of vegetation

Garden tea has almost no variety of vegetation. Semi wild Dan Cong however has plenty of vegetation and rocks around it. As the plant leaves fall or the rain filters through the rocks the soil is enriched with more variety of nutrients for the tea to absorb.

3. Harsher environment

The semi wild Dan Cong Phoenix Oolong grows on steep and rocky mountains. This puts the plant under stress which means that the tea grows slowly. The slower the growth the richer the mineral content in the leaves making a more powerful and fragrant drink.

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