REVIEW: Blue Lantern Tea – One Bush Phoenix Bird (Dan Cong) Oolong

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Tea: Oolong tea from Guangdong province, China
Sample provided by: Blue Lantern Tea
Link to One Bush Phoenix Bird on Blue Lantern website

One Bush Phoenix Bird (Dan Cong) Oolong is a very special tea that grows on ancient tea trees in the Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong province. It has been handmade for over 700 years.

Dry leaf:
– The dry leaf is a dark brown colour, with full, twisted leaves
– It has very little aroma, but once the leaves are put in a warmed teapot, they release a wonderful sweet and roasted aroma

Infused tea:
– The infused tea cups out a light golden liquor (this slightly darkens with each infusion)
– It has a mellow roasted aroma
– The flavour of the liquor is well balanced between roasted notes and a honey-like sweetness. In later infusions, I also got a bit of spiciness with the finish
– It is a very smooth liquor, with little to no astringency

Conclusions/tips:
– Make this tea using gong fu preparation, and with water that has been slightly cooled after boiling. You will get at least five infusions, but if you add a generous amount of leaves to the teapot, you will get many more
– While I’m not the biggest fan of roasted oolongs, I could not help but wonder if the finer points of this tea might be lost on me. I don’t think they were. The quality of this tea is apparent: it has a very refined flavour that distinguishes it from lower-quality roasted oolongs

Score:
4.5/5

Retail price: 2 ounces for $10.00 / 4 ounces for $19.00 / 8 ounces for $37.00

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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