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1960′s Dan Cong from Life In Teacup


1960's Dan Cong from Life In TeacupDan Cong is a single bush Oolong.  Many tea people keep Oolongs for a very long time, as it believed that Oolongs age well.  Sometimes they are gently re-roasted before drinking.  I don’t know if that happened to this one, but I suspect not, or Gingko, the proprietor, would have said so.

The dry leaves are very, very dark, only a few shades away from black.  They somewhat resemble pebbles, but there are some larger leaves as well.  They have a somewhat woodsy, earthy aroma.  I brewed the first wash for 2 minutes about 180 degrees, after rinsing.  The second wash was a bit hotter and longer.

Life in a Teacup describes this tea as:

Production Year:  1960s (specific year unknown)
Production Region: Chaozhou, Guangdong Province
Style: Traditional roast
Pack Size: 0.18 oz. (5g pack), 0.9 oz. (25g)
Price per unit: $6, $26
Product #: 1ddc1960s

The first brew was a very pretty golden amber overlayed with rosiness.  There was an almost, but not really floral aroma, very faint.  It had a very mild somewhat salmon-like flavor, with again, a faint floral trace.  There was a bit of astringency at the end.

The second cup was a deeper rose amber and seemed to have more of a forest floor aroma, with a hint of grassy/green on the edges.  This was an excellent cup, tasting of minerals, very, very refreshing.  It reminded me of the deep well water we drank on the farm.  I loved it and I think it would be excellent cold, on a hot summer day.  No ice, though.

When you have tea from a single bush, such as this, you are, as you may imagine, getting something very special and rare.  It probably is not a bush as we think of it, but more a tree, as tea plants can grow to be 60 feet high, some with single trunks, some with multiples.  Sometimes they are very closely guarded secrets, known only to one family.  I am honored to have been able to taste and appreciate this tea.

This is not on Gingko’s website, but I am sure if you asked, she would be happy to send you some, or try to find some from her sources.

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Marlena A.
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  1. Comment by May 14, 2012 @ 9:24 pm
    Sebastien said:

    Hi, thanks for this finding!
    Rare tea if it is :-)
    Do you have any clue about how it was stored?

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