Feng Huang Dan Cong Oolong tea is from Guangdong Province. It grows on Fenghuang Mountain in Chaozhou City. The region has mild and humid climate. Fenghuang danzong grows on the mountain of 1000 - 2000 meters .
The tea leaves are large and stalky. The color is that of a dark brown with a slight hint of red. Once brewed, the liquid is a clear golden color. The aroma evokes the fragrance of orchids. The taste and texture are earthy and smooth.
The name "Dan Cong" refers to the semi-wild bush. The meaning of Dan Cong is opposite to Garden Tea. As for Dan Cong, it is the tea tree that grows independently and randomly in the wild. It usually grows at the slopes of mountain, just like other native trees. In addition, Dan Cong refers to the tree that is not taken care and not to mention that trimming is not conducted at all. The similar terms in English for "Cong" should be "Bush". The "Dan" means single. Originally Dan Cong also means for identical single bush. In a way, the term Dan Cong is not only used for Phoenix Oolong, but also for Wu-yi oolong. The high end Wu-yi tea is also supposed to be made from Dan Cong (single bush)
Dan Cong is a very old tea which dates back to a period 900 years ago. Feng Huang Oolong is divided into three quality categories. Feng Huang Shui Xian is the most common of these, one quality class higher is Feng Huang Lang Cai and the highest class of this tea is Feng Huang Dan Cong, which always originates from one specially selected plant and which must be harvested only in autumn between one and four in the afternoon and exclusively on cooler, sunny days, in order to preserve its legendary aroma (ten scents of Feng Huang). During the reign of the Song dynasty this was the emperor’s tea. The slightly crinkled, long brown leaves are very aromatic and produce a sweet infusion with a peach flavour, reminiscent of the popular Chinese longan fruit (with a taste similar to lychee).
Brewing tool: cups, bottles, tea wears, tea bags
Water temperature: 207° F
Amount of tea: 1 - 1.5 teaspoon
Amount of water: 6-10 oz.
Put the hot water into the cup with the tea, stirring the tea will make the tea flavor come out faster, stir about 20 - 30 seconds for the first cup, strain it out. Later if you want more tea, put more water back in the cup, steep for another 30 - 50 seconds, then strain it. This amount of tea leaves will make 3 - 4 cups of tea.
Try to keep infusion time to 10 - 20 seconds. Don’t worry if the tea isn’t very strong – it’s not supposed to be, at least not at the beginning. After 2 - 3 brews, the leaves will wake up and start yielding a darker, stronger brown beverage. That’s when you should keep steeping time just under 20 seconds, or the tea might develop bitter notes. After another 3 - 4 brews, as the potency of the tea decreases, feel free to gradually increase the length of infusion to maintain the desired level of strength
Health benefits of oolong tea include the reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders, and high cholesterol levels,high blood pressure,high blood sugar, while providing vital antioxidants, promoting superior bone structure, robust skin and good dental health. Oolong tea is fragrant with a fruity flavor and a pleasant aroma. Despite its caffeine content, it can still be extremely relaxing to drink.It is very good for detoxing, get rid of the toxins and fat out of the body.
The health benefits of oolong tea are basically doubled because of the combined qualities of black tea andgreen tea. According to the Tea Association of the United States, oolong tea falls somewhere between green and black teas, as its leaves are only partially oxidized. There are numerous kinds of tea in this world; but oolong tea might be one of the most beneficial.
The origins of oolong tea date back almost 400 years, when it found wide usage in China. It is a semi-green fermented tea, but the fermentation process is halted as soon as the tea leaves start to change their color.
Tea is a natural gift that is rich in antioxidants. It also contains vital vitamins and minerals such as calcium,manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B, C, E and K. Additionally, it contains folic acid, niacin amide and other detoxifying alkaloids. It is developed in semi-fermented processing, providing the oolong tea with numerous polyphenolic compounds, adding even more valuable health benefits to oolong tea. Oolong tea also contains caffeine and theophylline and theobromine which are similar to caffeine which on consumption may stimulate nervous system.
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