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Oolong Tea and Chinese Cuisine: A Guide to Dan Cong Teas

Hi there, tea lovers! I’m so excited to share with you one of my favorite types of tea: Dan Cong oolong. If you’re not familiar with this amazing tea, you’re in for a treat. Dan Cong oolong is a special kind of oolong tea that comes from the Phoenix Mountains in Guangdong province, China.

It has a rich history, a complex flavor profile, and a wonderful pairing potential with Chinese cuisine. I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Dan Cong oolong and how to enjoy it with some delicious dishes.

What is Dan Cong oolong?

Dan Cong oolong is a type of oolong tea that is made from a single tea bush cultivar. The name Dan Cong means “single bush” or “single trunk” in Chinese, and it refers to the fact that each tea bush produces a unique flavor and aroma. Dan Cong oolong is also known as Phoenix oolong or Feng Huang oolong, because it grows in the Phoenix Mountains (Feng Huang Shan) at an altitude of 1000-1500 meters.

Dan Cong oolong has a long history that dates back to the Song dynasty (960-1279), when it was considered a tribute tea for the imperial court. According to legend, the emperor was so impressed by the fragrance of Dan Cong oolong that he sent his officials to find the source of the tea. They discovered that the tea came from a single tea bush that resembled a phoenix spreading its wings. The emperor named the tea Phoenix Dan Cong and ordered that it be cultivated exclusively for him.

Today, there are over 100 different cultivars of Dan Cong oolong, each with its own distinctive flavor and aroma. Some of the most famous ones are:

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