Phoenix Dan Cong Yellow Gardenia Flavour

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About Phoenix Dan Cong Yellow Gardenia Flavour

Phoenix Dan Cong is famous for its mellow taste and varied aroma, it is regarded as ‘perfume’ among teas. This special rare species has a unique refreshing yellow gardenia flavour which is unforgettable stunning.

Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong is a very special category of Oolong tea produced from the Chao’an district in Chaozhou city Guangdong province, well-known for its aggressive rich aroma. The reason why it is named ‘phoenix’ is that it comes from Phoenix Mountain in Phoenix Village. Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong has 79 kinds of different natural flower flavours, 12 kinds of natural fruit aroma and 16 kinds of other fragrances such as honey, cinnamon, almond, sweet-scented Osmanthus and yulan so on. Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong also has 80 different breeding lines such as Ba Xian, Ju Duo Zai and so on.

Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong is rich in amino acids, vitamins, tea polyphenols and alkaloids. Its tea polyphenols, specifically, have a strong anti-radiation effect, can reach up to 30% in Phoenix Oolong tea.

Because of its rich and overwhelming aroma, Phoenix Dan Cong nowadays has the same and very high reputation as Anxi Ti Kwan Yin and Wuyi Rock tea (such as Wuyi Big Red Robe) in China. These three different oolong teas become the major Chinese Oolong Tea strains.

Appearance & Taste

Phoenix Dan Cong Yellow Gardenia Flavour

The appearance of Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong is long and slim, the brewed tea leaves are large and stalky. The colour of the tea soup is clean bright orange-yellow colour.

The taste of this oolong is very special among the oolong teas. When you taste the first bite, there is little very pleasant bitterness but comes with an impressive honey yellow gardenia flavour. This bitterness will then fast transforms into a powerful long-lasting sweet aftertaste. Then the caramel flavour, light baking taste, honey gardenia flower aroma will gradually be revealed. These rich layers of flavour almost conquer every oolong tea lover. This oolong tea can be brewed more than 20 times.

Taste: Bitter, Caramel, Floral, Gardenia

Brewing Guide

4 teaspoon(s)

100°C (125ml)

1-2 mins


8 tsp

100°C (250ml)

1-2 mins


16 tsp

100°C (500ml)

1-2 mins


  • Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterward
  • Add 1g Oolong tea for every 20ml – 30ml of water (recommend 8g tea leaves, adjust by personal taste)
  • Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotating it two times and quickly discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the oolong tea)
  • Refill clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water
  • Infuse tea for around 2-3s for the first brew, less than 5s for the second brew and then repeat 10 times. After the tenth brewing, extend an extra 5-8s infusion time for the following brew.
  • Pour the steeped tea into serving cup and divided into small teacups and serve
  • Repeat around 20 times for this super mellow Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong tea


Chao Zhou

Chaozhou City is in the eastern part of Guangdong which is an evergreen city. The climate there is mild and belongs to the south subtropical maritime climate. The average annual temperature is around 21.4 ℃ and the annual rainfall is about 1685.9mm.

The weather of the tea-producing area inside Chaozhou City is cloudy and rainy because of the high latitude and the short duration of the day. Winter is not very cold there but it’s as foggy as the spring, and the summer is not intensely hot but is as rainy as the autumn.

The soil types normally can be divided into four categories: yellow, red, latosolic red and paddy soil. The yellow soil and red soil are mainly distributed above the 400 metres sea level, with a PH level between 4.5 and 6.5, while the soil layer is thick and is rich in organic matters (the organic content is around 3.81% to 4.26%) and dozens of trace elements. These organic matters and trace elements undergo a series of chemical reactions such as metabolism and transpiration and then be transported to the tea buds and tea leaves leading to the increase of nitrogen metabolites which directly determines the formation of the special flavour of the Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong. The mother tea tree of this specific Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong tea is planted in yellow soil.

Origin: Guangdong

Cultivar and Picking

Picking Tea

The name of the ‘Dan Cong’ means the single shrub of tea cultivars. It is selected from the high-quality Phoenix Shuixuan Species Group, cultivated and picked individually. There are many sub-cultivars under the group of Phoenix Shuixian cultivars, and each individual shrub has its own characteristic in terms of the leaf and shape of the tea tree.

According to the different quality of the raw materials generated from Phoenix Shuixuan Species Group and different levels or sophistication of production processes, the quality of its sub-cultivars from high to low can be divided into Phoenix Dan Cong, Phoenix Lang Cai, and Phoenix Shuixian. In simple words, Phoenix Dan Cong can be regarded as the upgraded version of Phoenix Shuixian.

Phoenix Dan Cong has dozens of strains and types. According to the introduction of Chaozhou Phoenix tea tree resources, Phoenix tea can have 79 kinds of different natural flower flavours, 12 kinds of natural fruit aroma and 16 kinds of other fragrances.

Phoenix Dan Cong is plucked before or after Pure Brightness (April 4th, 5th, or 6th).


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