Topic: Learning about Dan Cong
My hope is that a "second wave" of members can revive this site. I've been following the site for a while but just joined. My sense is the original members may have gotten the info they need and moved on. Anyway, I would like to reopen a discussion of Dan Cong, parallel to the "Learning about Wuyi" thread from earlier.
I've read all the Imen/Tea Obsession-generated discussion about brewing and drinking Dan Cong, but I still have some questions.
I just today got Phoenix Dan Cong (from YS) to yield its subtle but definite "orchid" aroma (Imen says "orchid" doesn't necessarily mean it smells like the flower). It was technically the first full infusion but after an initial wetting of the leaves. What I smelled was more like magnolia flowers I remember from my youth in the South -- not the late decadent ones but the early young ones, just bloomed. And maybe it was mixed with a little citrus at the very top.
I'd been disappointed in the aroma until today, especially after all the hype about it onlline. I brewed it with the green pot I posted in the teaware section -- a very hard, roundish pot with a comparatively quick pour. What worked well today I think was that I got the pot very hot BEFORE the first infusion. I then dribbled a small amount of water on the leaves, not a full pot, and shook it off very quickly (I had not been rinsing before per Imen's instructions). The first full infusion was about 10 seconds. The aroma didn't last for long. Later infusions returned to the more familiar "honey" that I had experienced before (no complaints about the honey; just had never gotten the magnolia).
However, I still think I can control Dan Cong better with a gaiwan. The timing seems very sensitive to me. But, as I said, I think the heat is more important than I realized. I tried heating up the gaiwan before infusing -- not warm like usual; hot. But I didn't get the magnolia in the gaiwan. But I still like the control so I'll keep trying.
Did any of you ever try the Choa Zhou pots? Are they so very magically different with Dan Cong? Do any of you prefer gaiwan, too?
Other experiences appreciated. Second wave of knowledge.