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The Aromatic Dan Cong Oolongs

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Phoenix Dan Cong, also known as Fenghuang Dan Cong in Chinese, is a oolong tea from Guangdong province in southern China.

 

Oolong refers to a category of semi-oxidized teas (they fall between un-oxidized green teas and fully oxidized black teas) that can only be made from certain types of tea bush growing in specific geographical regions.

 

Oolong can also be separated into four main varieties – Tie Guan Yin (southern Fujian province); Wuyi rock oolong (northern Fujian); Taiwanese oolong; and Dan Cong oolong from Guangdong province


The word "Dan Cong" translates as "single bush”. A Dan Cong “garden” greatly differs from your typical tea garden. Whereas most tea gardens have short tea bushes growing in rows and pretty much similar in shape, what makes Dan Cong tea bushes special is that they are more wild. No Dan Cong bush is the same, in fact they resembles trees more than bushes and grow pretty chaotically, sometimes reaching 16 ft in height. 

 

This is true to all teas, but especially with Dan Cong oolong, no batch is like the other because of how “wild” these trees are. 

What makes Dan Cong special are the distinct varieties, each which resemble their own aroma.

Currently there are at least 10 Dan Cong varieties available, with new ones still being cultivated and discovered. When a tea farmer discovers a new and unique flavor profile from their Dan Cong tree they work hard to preserve it. 

 

At Path of Cha we carry the following Dan Cong oolongs, all carefully hand-selected and tasted before-hand to ensure quality: 

 

Ya Shi Xiang Dan Cong Oolong 

Mellow and full, with a slight gardenia aroma. 

Also known by its popular name "Duck Shit Aroma Oolong". Fortunately for us tea enthusiasts, the tea itself doesn't have the slightest hint of duck shit. 

If you would like to find out more about this tea and why the name, be sure to check out our article — The Story Behind the Honey-Sweet Duck Shit Aroma Oolong.

 

 

Mi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Oolong

Prominent honey and orchid aroma with a light and sweet floral taste.

 

 

Ye Lai Xiang Dan Cong Oolong

Smooth and mellow, with a lingering milky-jasmine aroma.

A rare and highly regarded variety of Dan Cong oolong. 

 

 

Some of the other varieties of Dan Cong oolongs include: Yu Lan Xiang (magnolia fragrance), Xin Ren Xiang (almond fragrance), Zhi Lan Xiang (orchid fragrance), Po Tou Xiang (ginger blossom fragrance), Huang Zhi Xiang (geranium fragrance), You Hua Xiang (pomelo blossom fragrance), Rou Gui Xiang (cinnamon fragrance) Gui Hua Xiang (osmanthus blossom fragrance), and Mo Li Xiang (jasmine fragrance). 


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