Return to site

2 surprising oolongs: Anxi Tie Guan Yin & Dan Cong Phoenix (from Teasenz)

I feel like Alice in oolong-land - Walt Distea

I'm always looking to discover new teas. New flavors. And new stories behind it. And when I find one (or two) I must spread the word.

So today we'll talk about two oolongs I discovered, named Anxi Tie Guan Yin and Dan Cong Phoenix. Both were sent to me by Teasenz.

  1. Anxi Tie Guan Yin 

It is one of those rare green oolong I have had so far. Most of them so far were black and dark. So I was very curious where this was going.

The least I could say was that the start was promising. When I opened the sealed bag a fabulously fresh, almost grassy smell tickled my senses. That surprised me because I was expecting something smokey.

Time for the fun part now...

Let's taste! Put on your red shoes and dance the blues... - Sir David Bowtea

I filled my teapot with one liter of water (at 95° C) and added somewhere between 3 and 5 grams of Anxi Tie Guan Yin oolong. I don't like my tea too strong. So I never put too many leaves in the water. That way the flavor and aroma stay very subtle and mysterious.

Normally there's a steeping time indicated on the package. But to be honest, most of the time I just leave them in the water for a longer time.

Because it takes some time before the leaves unfold and release all their flavors. And if the quality of your tea is good (and you don't put too many leaves into your water) it doesn't get bitter. Or taste funny.

Au contraire, the taste only gets more interesting and changes every cup. Ok, enough about me and my preferences. Back to the review...

This oolong has a slight green/yellow color. And it tastes the way it looks. A kinda flowery flavor with a sweet aftertaste. The taste stays in your mouth for a while. Which makes it a very pleasant tea to drink.

Anxi Tie Guan Yin Oolong  color

And of course, you can re-use the same leaves a few times. You can also check the quality of the leaves when you're finished. As you can see they unfold beautifully into these nice complete full leaves.

Anxi Tie Guan Yin Oolong  leaves

I must confess that ever since I received this sample I almost drink it every day. So I can only conclude that this is a very nice and sweet green oolong. One that definetely comes on my list of favorites.

When I opened the second sample, unlike the first one, I immediately had an oolong-like feeling. It smelled familiar to other ones I've had before. That same woody smokey aroma rising from the bag.

This one is called Dan Cong Phoenix. Another one I had never tried before. Again, time to discover that flavor!

I brewed it the same way. Let's start with the color. As you can see it has a darker yellow color. The taste was surprisingly sweet and fresh and even a bit fruity. But also with that well know smokey aftertouch. If there are hard or soft oolong oolong-categories this one would definitely be in the soft one. Realy beautiful!

Dan Cong Phoenix color

Again, the leaves can be used several times. They have this typical oolong-look.

Somehow these dark, long, tiny leaves always remind of some dark middle age period. But I guess that's just me being a complete fool...Anyway...they taste much much better then I make it sound right now!

My conclusion on this one? Everything points into the direction of a normal regular oolong. But it surprises you from the first moment you take a sip. Again this one is special and I will definitely use it in the near future at one of my tastings.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me. If you have tried them before I would love to hear from you and your opinion.

We'll stay in touch...more reviews are coming your way...we'll speak soon


All Posts

Almost done…

We just sent you an email. Please click the link in the email to confirm your subscription!

OKSubscriptions powered by Strikingly