Bouquet 2021 Spring Dancong Oolong Huangpian

$12.50$29.00

Description

Made from the sorted Huangpian (yellow leaves) of higher end Dancong, this tea is perfect for when you want Dancong on a budget, or just prefer a more casual experience.

Just as with puer, the older Dancong leaves are sorted out after the initial roast. This is partly due the yellower and stiffer appearance, but also as they tend to have a more subdued flavour, although with more sweetness.

This year’s version of this tea won’t win any awards for appearance, with what seem like a few more stems than previous years. However, it performs just as well as it ever has in the cup, offering up a very honey-sweet, roasty flavour. This tea is a blend of various varietals, but based on how it brews, we suspect there could be a good amount of Milan in there.

While they call this sorted tea “lao cha tou” in Chaozhou, it’s not the same as puer lao cha tou, which is a byproduct of shou puer production. This tea is instead similar to puer’s huangpian. And just like puer huangpian, this tea offers the same value and balance of cost and quality, with an overall less complex character, but high sweetness, smooth taste, and gentle minerality.

As these sorted leaves tend to only be available in smaller quantities, this tea is actually a blend of several varietals. This means it won’t reflect the specific characters of any one varietal, but is much more dynamic than it should be.

Please note that the 250g size does not include a tin.

$0.12-0.16/gram

We recommend brewing this tea using Chaozhou style gongfu brewing. Here’s how it’s done:

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2 reviews for Bouquet 2021 Spring Dancong Oolong Huangpian

  1. 5 out of 5

    grifty (verified owner)

    This tea is a good definition of “unsung hero”. When I saw huangpian in an oolong offering, I was filled with hope. Thankfully, this tea delivers.

    I could happily drink this all day long and not grow tired of it. An uncomplicated sweetness and aroma delivers great flavour for at least four infusions and you can push it for more if you’re happy to compromise a little of the initial oomph.

    But since the leaves are such good value, I’m not fussed about starting a new session sooner than I might with far more expensive offerings. Unless you seek only the most premium of connoisseurial delights, it’s worth giving Bouquet a try. I hope oolong huangpian can make an appearance every year from now on.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Henry

    Surprised by the quality of this tea. The leaves carry a woody smell, which masks the real character of the tea. Once they get soaked, the hidden qualities start to emerge. Feels like a fusion of various taste, which adds to the complexity. Overall, the taste i would identify most with is the ‘zesty lime’ feel, with hints of mi lan xiang.. towards the end, the typical dan cong leave smell starts to emerge, which allows it to stay within this class of tea.

    The other good thing about this tea is that it feels less roasted then typical dan cong, which allows the original taste to shine (and we know the true quality when lesser work is done on the leave)..

    Wasn’t expecting much to be honest initially, but really enjoying it!


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