Marzipan Spring 2017 Xinrenxiang Dancong Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Cotton Candy, Dried Fruit, Fig, Honey, Raisins, Roasted, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet, Wood
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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One of two new Dancong varietals we’ve added from 2017, our Marzipan xing ren xiang (杏仁香/almond scent) is an aptly named varietal, displaying a smooth nutty taste that’s accompanied by a distinct cinnamon flavour and sweet character.

This tea comes from old bushes (50+ year old) on Wudong shan in the Fenghuang (phoenix) tea mountains and is considered high-altitude (grown at 1000+ meters). These factors contribute to this tea’s quality, allowing for a thick texture in the mouth and a pleasant fragrance that is left lingering in the mouth and throat.

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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – X

Catching up again! This is the closest thing to an “X” tea that I have, so here we are. Dancong hasn’t historically been a favorite of mine, but this one came in a Bitterleaf sampler that I ordered a few years back, and I’m willing to give it a chance!

Used 5 grams for about 120ml of 190°F water, and steeped 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 30s or so.

I was surprised to find this not very floral at all. It actually reminded me of a Bai Hao, with sweet honey and syrupy dried fruit notes over a base of crisp autumn leaves. There was a bit of fig, apricot, and golden raisin all rolled into one. I also tasted brown sugar a couple of steeps in, and then it got more leafy and woody for the last few steeps. At one point there was a lovely spun sugar note at the end of the sip.

It was tasty! It lost a bit of complexity as the session went on, but this is also from 2017 so I’m sure it’s lost a lot of its subtleties at this point. I was just happy it wasn’t floral overload! :3

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Cotton Candy, Dried Fruit, Fig, Honey, Raisins, Roasted, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet, Wood

190 °F / 87 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Downside to a large tea stash is that sometimes samples get neglected; such is the case for this dancong that was a free tea sample with an order at one point. At the time, I just didn’t have an appreciation for dancong so I waited to try it, and then it wound up forgotten about until recently. The dry leaf is still stunning, and the liquor its producing in this session is enjoyable; more of a heady floral with very slight nutty and cherry undertones than marzipan/almond but I suppose cherry and almond are often a bit indistinguishable. Still, I can’t help but wonder what my experience would have been like when it was fresh…


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Not tasting Marzipan but I get the nutty and fruity flavour
And it smells sooooo good

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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