Don’t let the name fool you: Green Tea Guru is not all about green tea. Green Tea Guru, an online tea shop based in Guilford, UK, carries a large selection of green, black, oolong, puerh and white teas. It is my pleasure today to be reviewing two oolongs that they stock. I love roasted oolongs, and I especially love a good Dan Cong.
Dan Cong Oolong
The Green Tea Guru recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong and China to source teas. One of the teas that the Green Tea Guru is most excited about sourcing is this Dan Cong.
I’ve had a lot of Dan Congs lately that were good, but not especially complex and flavourful. This Dan Cong is special. The aroma of the dry leaf and the infused liquor doesn’t give much away, but the aroma of the wet leaves and the flavour of the tea are exceptional. The wet leaves have a strong floral aroma, and the liquor has layers of complex floral, sweet and roasted flavours. This tea is very good value for money, and Dan Cong drinkers won’t be disappointed.
Retail price: 10 grams fro £2 / 25 grams for £4.50 /50 grams for £8 / 100 grams for £14
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The layers of flavour in this Da Hong Pao make it a great tea. I find that some Da Hong Paos and roasted oolongs can have a great roasted flavour, but that their flavour is rather one-dimensional. The roast on this tea is subtle, thus allowing other floral, sweet and spicy flavours and aromas to come through. This tea will definitely hold your interest as you work through the infusions. It is a real treat.
Retail price: 10 grams for £3.10 / 25 grams for £7 / 50 grams for £13.50 / 100 grams for £25
These are both excellent teas. They are loaded with complex flavours, and they are priced very well considering how good they are. I cannot recommend one over the other – but I would recommend trying both!