Reviews

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.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.