Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Peony Tea Shop Phoenix Dancong - Heavenly Fragrance

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: long, dark and twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

This tea was everything that I could ever ask for in a dancong. The first things I noticed about this tea were the size and aroma of the dry leaves. I could not believe how large they were and the smell was absolutely intoxicating. I could see where the name "heavenly fragrance" came from because it was the kind of smell that I'd like to bottle up for a rainy day. The taste was bright and floral with a buttery finish. A light mineral sweetness lingered in my palate after each sip. I performed three consecutive infusions and the last was just as strong as the first. The leaves seemed to come to life as they unfurled. I was surprised at how green they were as I had expected them to be much darker.

I drink a lot of tea but very once in a while, a truly great tea crosses my path and this was one of them. It was so good that it made me do something that I have never done before. I kept the leaves to re-infuse the next day! I got pulled away after just three infusions and I felt guilty throwing out such beautiful leaves before they were done. Saving leaves is standard practice for many tea lovers but its not something I ever felt a need to do until now. This tea just as good on my subsequent infusions, the number of which I actually lost count. If you are a lover of oolongs then I definitely suggest that you give this tea a try.

You can find this tea here.