Our Mi Lan Xiang is a single varietal Phoenix oolong with a distinct orchid fragrance and long lasting honey finish. A deliciously rich and complex tea with distinct stone fruit notes.
Whilst some care and attention needs to be given in brewing this tea we believe that it’s distinct fruitiness and sweetness make it very easy for many people to enjoy.
Our 2018 tea comes from the same village as our Mi Lan Xiang from last year but has been picked from tea bushes that are slightly older, over 100 years old, contributing to a well-balanced and thickness to the tea liquor.
Phoenix oolongs are traditional Chinese teas revered since the Ming Dynasty. The name applies to a group of oolongs that are grown in Feng Huang Shan (the Phoenix Mountains) of which Mi Lan Xiang is a famous cultivar.
Origin: Lizai Ping Village, Feng Huang mountain, Guangdong province, China
Flavour profile: Full Bodied | Stone Fruit | Honey
Picking standard: 2 leaves and a bud
Processing highlights: The consistency in the brown-black dry leaf shows the skill of the tea master in monitoring and controlling the level of oxidation. The oxidation level is 60-70%. Our Mi Lan Xiang has undergone a light-medium traditional charcoal roasting, repeated 3 times to finish the tea.
Cultivar: Mi Lan Xiang
Tea Master: Mr Zhou
The original Dan Cong plants were propagated from seed over 700 years ago in the Phoenix Mountans (Feng Huang Shan) area. These have been harvested and processed individually since this time, hence, the name Dan Cong or single bush. The tea makers noted differences in flavours and aromas from each of the plants and thus begun a fine example of selective breeding as each plant was given the name of the fragrance they represented.
A full-bodied infusion that produces a complex liquor with flavours reminiscent of nectarine, lychee and roasted cashew. There are underlying floral and woodsy characteristics that leave a long-lasting honey finish.
This tea is thoroughly enjoyable served on its own and it also pairs well with seafood, spicy foods, desserts and stone fruit. Try this tea with lychee jellies or almond shortbread.
Leaf appearance: Strip style with long, lightly twisted black-brown leaves.
Aroma: Distinct orchid aroma containing notes of ripened stone fruit and wood.
Liquor colour: Brilliant clear yellow-red