Batch Tea Co Phoenix Mountain Black Tea
Type: Black Tea
Where: Phoenix Mountain
Liquor: Deep amber / caramel
Aroma: Tangy orange, honey and mango
Flavour profile: Tropical fruits – in particular, Mango, Pineapple, Lychee & Apricot, with a gentle malt background and an outstanding long lasting slightly dry honey & mango finish
Mouthfeel: Slightly dry
We discuss – and drink – this Organic Dan Cong Black Tea a lot, and what an absolute treasure of a find we believe it to be.
It’s quite unlike any black tea we’ve had before, and not one we believe you’ll find in the UK, with its outlandish tropical notes of mango, pineapple and apricot, rounded and smoothed by honeysuckle and gentle malt, and a long-lasting mango & honey finish.
As big fans craft beer, and in particular some of the intensely tropical flavours available from Amarillo or Cascade hops, we can’t help but draw comparisons with some of the excellent offerings out there. If you like that profile you’re sure to love this.
A relatively new tea, with this region being so well known for its oolong production, the producers decided to trial a black tea production method to extract further aroma and flavour. And they cracked it.
It’s not unlike a very good Ya Shi Xiang “Duck Shit” Oolong, which is no surprise, given that this tea is produced from the very same leaves that this so prized of oolongs is produced.
The dry leaves are dark brown / black, twisted into tight, long, slim whole leaves that offer out the fragrance of the flavours within. Sweet tropical notes and honey.
For an absolute treat, hang on to the wet leaves and give them a good old sniff once they’ve cooled. Oh my sweet lord.