Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Puritea Dan Cong

Photo: The Puritea
According to The Puritea this tea is from the the famous Dan Cong tea bushes of the Phoenix Mountain in Guangdong, China. It has been naturally infused with osmanthus flowers. The dry leaves were dark with a thin and twisted shape. I steeped this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 180 degree water and three consecutive 40 second infusions. The liquor was a deep gold color.

This tea was fruity, floral and sweet but not in the way that I would like it to be. The issue that I have with this tea is that I think most of it came from the osmanthus. Dan Cong is my favorite kind of tea because its flavor can be so complex and multidimensional. I don’t see the need to scent a tea that is strong enough to stand on its own. I had a perfume-like aftertaste for some time. That being said, if you like floral teas you might enjoy this selection. I would probably recommend this tea.

You can find out more about this tea here.