TEA REVIEW: What-Cha – Guangdong Big Black Leaf ‘Da Wu Ye’ Dan Cong Oolong Tea

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Tea and origin: Oolong from Mount Wudong, Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, China
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Link to Guangdong Big Black Leaf

Until a year ago, I had only tried a few don cong oolongs and really did not know much about them. These teas, I have since discovered, are amazing and have some of the most interesting and complex flavour profiles of any teas I know of.

Today I’m reviewing What-Cha’s Guangdong Big Black Leaf ‘Da Wu Ye’ Dan Cong. I’m interested to see how it stacks up to some of my recent dan cong experiences.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Full, slightly twisted leaves that are black with a green tinge. The leaves have a                     spicy, fresh aroma

Wet leaf: Floral, perfume and sweet notes

Liquor colour: Light golden

Liquor aroma: Floral, orchid-like

Liquor flavour: Classic dan cong characteristics: extremely complex flavour                                                       profile that includes floral, perfume, sweet and vegetal notes. It is a                                         light-bodied tea, with mild astringency and a lingering floral                                                     aftertaste

Infusion method: Gong fu style with gaiwan or Yixing teapot                                                                                     4 to 5 grams of tea                                                                                                                                 150 to 200ml of 90 to 95C water                                                                                                       Infuse 4 to 6 times

Comments/Conclusions

While I cannot say that this dan cong is as good as some of the very expensive, medal-winning dan congs I’ve tasted over the past year, I can say that it is good value for money and offers classic dan cong aroma and flavour for an everyday price. For those new to dan congs, this is a great tea to start with, and for those familiar with the tea, who want to drink it on a regular basis without remortgaging their home, it is a brilliant deal

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.95 / 50 grams for £6.50 / 100 grams for £12.09

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About teaxplorer

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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