Dan Cong Da Wu Ye (单枞大乌叶) is a complex Phoenix Oolong that is known as ‘Big Black Leaf’. This particular Dan Cong type is well-known for a highly aromatic, floral and sweet profile. Grown in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province, it is harvested in early April. This particular batch is from the 2021 harvest.
Dan Cong (单枞) is the general term that is used to refer to oolongs that come from Guangdong and specifically from Phoenix Mountains. Dan Cong literally means ‘single bush’ as traditionally these oolongs were all plucked only from single semi-wild trees. It has now become the generic term to cover all Phoenix Mountains (Fenghuang Shan 凤凰山) and sometimes other Guangdong Oolongs. This tea comes from Chaozhou and is grown from trees of the Da Wu Ye cultivar on Wu Dong Shan that are approximately 40-50 years old.
The Da Wu Ye translates as ‘Big’, or ‘Large’, ‘Black Leaf’ and refers to the appearance of the leaves of this particular cultivar. As with many Dan Cong oolong teas, the cultivar plays a crucial role in the flavour profile of each particular tea. Oolong tea made from the Da Wu Ye cultivar is known for a particularly aromatic floral profile as well as quite a sweet and thick character of the liquor.
Dan Cong Da Wu Ye is known among Dan Cong or Phoenix Oolongs for having a pronounced floral and sweet profile. The large leaves of this tea are of mixed appearance, having darker amber and lighter green colour. The liquor produced is of bright golden colour and has high degree of clarity. The aroma has sweet, creamy and floral notes that are rather captivating. The taste has top notes that are floral at the start, progressing to toastier and creamier flavours. The finish is very clean, with no astringency. It has a touch of floral bitterness, akin to an edible flower petal flavour. This tea has a mouth-watering character that is thick with a long-lasting sweet aftertaste and is characteristic of this type of tea.
It is best brewed at 90°C for about 3 minutes according to your taste. As expected, this Dan Cong Da Wu Ye will stand multiple infusions well. Brew gong fu style (5g per 150ml) after initial rinse in short 20-30 second infusions for best results.