To know a tea, we have to learn the original flavor it supposed to be, so to know how to appreciate it from the right angle, and in how to enjoy it better.
A well-made Feng Huang Dan Cong, in terms of flavor, is to have a compelling and long lasting aroma. The mouth feel and aftertaste should be fresh and sharp, and the sweet aftertaste appears quickly and strong. An outstanding Feng Huang Dan Cong with good brewing technique can last for more than 20 brews!
However, just as human being, unique characteristics often come with another side. Feng Huang Dan Cong is famous for its amazing aroma and floral fragrance, it is relatively bitter and astringent comparing to other teas. And the taste releases pretty fast while brewing. Thus, it takes some know-how to enjoy a nice cup of fragrant yet smooth Feng Huang Dan Cong.
The key technique of brewing Feng Huang Dan Cong is to put a large amount of tea, and brew it quickly!
Large amount of tea brings out the strong and saturated fragrance, while the short steeping time reduces the bitterness and astringency.
The traditional way is to put the dry tea LOOSELY in a teapot/ cover cup till it’s FULL. Gently shake up the cover bowl or tea pot to have the staking tealeaves collapse down to the bottom. Steep it with boiling water right after it rest still in every brew. Do not wait at all for the first three brews, and increase several seconds in each of the following brews. Voilà, a nice cup of Feng Huang Dan Cong with sensational aroma is ready to be served!
By Vicky C.