Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Song Dynasty Dan Cong


Dan Cong is a specimen of the Shui Xian family in the category of Oolong, produce in Feng Huang Shan, Chaozhou, Guangdong Province. The dry leaves are usually rolled into long needle form. From my understanding, Shui Xian (water fairy) family includes: Da Houg Pao, Dan Cong and Tie Luo Han among others.

The origin of Dan Cong is made of leaves of the famous Song dynasty trees growing on the top of Wu Dong mountain, near the Wu Dong cave.

This is last year Wu Dong Peak, Song Zhong Dan Cong. Told to be made from tea of several hundred year old bushes. Besttea.com, Teahub and http://teemann.blogspot.com/2005/11/phoenix-chronicles-part-1.html
have very good info on this tea.

1 comment:

speakfreely said...

Just received some Dan Cong from YSLLC:

Dry leaf:
Long, unbroken, many shades of color, but mostly blackish-brown with occasional blonde and green highlights. Smell: carob/cocoa/wood

Liquor:
Clear tawny brown. Smooth, round, noticable texture, but scent/taste v. subtle, fall leaves, and perhaps mineral, flinty?. Dry finish typical of a Shui Xian, but absolutely no citrus tang (also typical of a Shui Xian) with that.

 
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