This one was much more traditional Milan Xiang, but it was still impressive. Unlike the other dancongs from the sampler, this one was dominated by honey, lychee, orchids, and a few other florals that I have yet to name. The texture and aroma were also of course creamy and nectar like. There was some mango, but not as much as the wudong. This one was a little darker than the wudong, but barely so. I did not taste too much toast or baking. I got some hints that resembled cooked peaches or grapefruit, but nothing close to char. Yes, it was a little bit nutty too, but in the hints and aroma during the middle brews. Although my description is relatively simple, the tea had some flux of notes going through and a long lasting durability since I got about ten brews out of it Gong Fu style with the 3-3-5-7 second increment rule.

Again, I hope that I’m doing the tea justice. If you’ve had Milan, you know what to expect. It’s an easy drinker that I’d recommend newer drinkers trying once in their life, and I think more intermediate drinkers would appreciate the lychee notes. I liked the wudong a little more, but I’d personally drink this one more often because it is a little bit less finicky. It gives you a balanced cuppa, even sippa’ either way. I might get this one again because I feel like I’m missing something….We’ll have to wait until the next tea addict writes about this, I guess.

Flavors: Almond, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Lychee, Nuts, Orchid, Peach, Wood

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
Wang Family’s Jasmine Shanlinxi
Spring, Winter Taiwan High Mountain Oolongs

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwanese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling, Jasmine Shan Lin Xi; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong; Paru’s Milk Oolong


I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.


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