Musings on Dancong…

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Bok
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Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:09 pm

Have to say that any DC I had before pales in comparison, I can not even look at it anymore... :oops:
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Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:41 am

Bok wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:08 pm
tealifehk wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:31 am
Right, I've had fragranced teas that people ten feet away could smell! That's when you know you have a serious issue. :
I can confirm after that afternoon, that there are indeed completely natural teas that fill a whole room with delicious aromas! The only issue you have there is that you have a truly outstanding tea! Nothing fishy going on in the teas we had.

Even my rubbish bag was smelling wonderfully with all the spent leaves in it!!!

Outstanding.
Yes, I've since had dancong that aren't fragranced and will fill the room with aroma :) the difference is good tea is naturally aromatic and the fake stuff is like you just opened up a car air freshener. lol
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:33 am

Enjoying a relaxing Sunday evening with Hojo’s 2018 Phoenix Oolong MiLan Nong Xiang.

Cheers!!
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:34 am

Besides teahabitat and Hojo, what other places are good for a Dan Cong beginner (that people have bought from before and know don’t carry the duped stuff)? I don’t want necessarily the expensive stuff yet, as I don’t have enough experience to appreciate it. My ideal would be to get some of the less expensive stuff and sample lots of different ones to get a feel for it.
Also, has anyone bought Dan Cong from Yunnan sourcing before? No duping issues or anything?
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:56 am

I just got a few different ones from
https://www.wuyiorigin.com/store/c4/Pho ... ncong.html

I was pretty impressed with the quality
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:24 pm

Thanks, I’ll add it to the list!
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:50 pm

swordofmytriumph wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:34 am
I don’t want necessarily the expensive stuff yet
My experience is limited, but the inexepensive versions I tried have been nothing like TeaHabitat's fine versions, and I never would have understood why the fine versions are worth the price without first going to TeaHabitat for the real thing. I did start with a couple of slightly less expensive (?commercial grade, not 'single-bush' teas), which were a little cheaper, but even those were still far above what I've gotten inexpensively. Unfortunately, I don't see any of these on her web site now.

I haven't explored the inexpensive Dan Congs very widely, but after one or two apiece from 3 or 4 other vendors whose teas I generally like, it was enough to decide to not bother with those teas. It's not to say that the inexpensive ones were bad teas, but the good ones are unbelievably good, and the inexpensive ones are a bit finicky as are the fine ones, and just aren't as pleasing as a nice traditional roast wuyi or ti guan yin etc.
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:56 pm

debunix wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:50 pm
swordofmytriumph wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:34 am
I don’t want necessarily the expensive stuff yet
My experience is limited, but the inexepensive versions I tried have been nothing like TeaHabitat's fine versions, and I never would have understood why the fine versions are worth the price without first going to TeaHabitat for the real thing. I did start with a couple of slightly less expensive (?commercial grade, not 'single-bush' teas), which were a little cheaper, but even those were still far above what I've gotten inexpensively. Unfortunately, I don't see any of these on her web site now.

I haven't explored the inexpensive Dan Congs very widely, but after one or two apiece from 3 or 4 other vendors whose teas I generally like, it was enough to decide to not bother with those teas. It's not to say that the inexpensive ones were bad teas, but the good ones are unbelievably good, and the inexpensive ones are a bit finicky as are the fine ones, and just aren't as pleasing as a nice traditional roast wuyi or ti guan yin etc.
Thanks, that’s really good to know, I wouldn’t want to waste my time on something that isn’t worth it. About tea habitat, they’ve only got two kinds there at the moment. Is that just cause it’s winter, like their selection is usually better?
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:28 pm

It’s a little confusing. The two that are listed in that category or more of the commercial Dan cong. The primo dan cong she has in the single tree category.

http://www.teahabitat.com/store/index.p ... VHSUz9QxH2

I have gotten some excellent teas from her.

I also recently tried white2teas snowflake Dan cong which is really good for that price
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:39 pm

swordofmytriumph wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:56 pm
Thanks, that’s really good to know, I wouldn’t want to waste my time on something that isn’t worth it. About tea habitat, they’ve only got two kinds there at the moment. Is that just cause it’s winter, like their selection is usually better?
I’m not sure about the offering of Tea Habitat... but make no mistake, DanCong is a worthy contender with equal standing. There are generally 21 variants of DanCong with different levels of roast. You seldom find high grade ones floating in the market. Like any high grade teas, the quantity is low and domestic demand in China far exceeds international demand. It’s almost impossible to find a shop outside China that carries more than 10 variants of DC at any one time.

Cheers!
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:21 pm

OCTO wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:39 pm
I’m not sure about the offering of Tea Habitat
Imen's single-bush/tree selections at TeaHabitat are remarkable teas. It may sound hard to believe that a US-based online retailer could have such fine tea, but her stuff is worth the price. The different varieties smell and taste distinct from each other. I've bought 4 or 5 at a time and have never been disappointed.
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:26 pm

debunix wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:21 pm
OCTO wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:39 pm
I’m not sure about the offering of Tea Habitat
Imen's single-bush/tree selections at TeaHabitat are remarkable teas. It may sound hard to believe that a US-based online retailer could have such fine tea, but her stuff is worth the price. The different varieties smell and taste distinct from each other. I've bought 4 or 5 at a time and have never been disappointed.
I do agree, single bush DC are good.
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:19 pm

+++1 to debunix comments. TeaHabitat has excellent DanCong. I have gone to a few of Imen’s tastings and she always has top shelf teas. It’s best to start with high quality DanCong, because when it’s mediocre it’s a waste of time and money.
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:34 am

Wow, I guess I was looking in the wrong place on the site! Didn’t think to check the single bush section. :lol:
Thanks everybody!
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Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:42 am

Having some competition grade DanCong XinRen Hsiang, single bush. Needless to say, it was delicious!! 😂😂😂

Cheers!!
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