Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid) Phoenix Dan Cong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Bitter, Flowers, Grass, Honey, Malt, Orchids, Roasted, Vegetables, Astringent, Lychee, Mineral, Orchid, Vegetal, Wood
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 5 oz / 134 ml

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  • “Gongfu Sipdown (714)! Pulling the tasting description from Instagram… “a little rough around the edges but beautiful floral lychee, white grape, and plum notes persist if you push past the first...” Read full tasting note
    63
  • “The tiny sample pouch I had of this was opened, and who knows for how long, so my expectations weren’t particularly high. But, as sometimes happens, I got a happy surprise when trying the tea – it...” Read full tasting note
    92
  • “An interesting tea. The dry leaves are BIG and reminded me of the valiant attempts of Indian tea makers to present their huge-leafed Assams and Nilgiries as something artisanal instead of...” Read full tasting note
    83
  • “This tea is a medium oolong with a light amber color and a nice sweet aroma. It has a pronounced honey taste and is sweet but not overpowering. It has a velvety texture that makes it feel like...” Read full tasting note
    79

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Origin:
Fenghuang Town, Chaozhou City, Guangdong Province, China

Harvest Time:
March 15, 2018

Plucking Standard:

One bud with two leaves

Dry leaf:
Tight and even strips, dark brown bloom glossy with honey aroma

Aroma:
Lasting orchid fragrance and strong honey aroma

Liquor:
Bright orange color

Taste:
Mellow and smooth taste with strong honey aroma, yielding a

long lasting fragrance with unique mountain flavor

Tea Bush:
Mi Lan Xiang Variety (the average age is about 90 to 100 years)

Tea Garden:
Da An Tea Garden

Caffeine:
Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)

Storage:
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place

Shelf Life:
24 Months

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5 Tasting Notes

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Gongfu Sipdown (714)!

Pulling the tasting description from Instagram…

“a little rough around the edges but beautiful floral lychee, white grape, and plum notes persist if you push past the first couple steeps along with a pleasant and mild roast – though a little bit of a sharp sour note in the finish. Still, an excellent way to start the morning overall…”

Six resteeps, I do believe.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1TxmtMghMN/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONasjQ9RrvQ&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=121&t=0s

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The tiny sample pouch I had of this was opened, and who knows for how long, so my expectations weren’t particularly high. But, as sometimes happens, I got a happy surprise when trying the tea – it was delicious! Full of honey, minerals, florals. Hands down the best darker oolong I’ve had in a long time (non-green? Oxidized? I’m not sure how to say that…) I juuuust ordered DavidsTea’s Phoenix Oolong as my Frequent Steeper freebie, and I’m hoping it’s even half as delicious as this one.

Unfortunately, that’s what I remember from last night – I’m drinking this after the sticky rice oolong today, and literally all I can taste is that flavour, so I’m going to leave the last sip or two of this until my tastebuds have been cleared a bit. That sticky rice flavour is so persistent…

Thanks to Teavivre for the lovely sample!

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185 tasting notes

An interesting tea. The dry leaves are BIG and reminded me of the valiant attempts of Indian tea makers to present their huge-leafed Assams and Nilgiries as something artisanal instead of pulverizing them into CTC. So I subconsciously feared something assamishly rough and brash.

Well, no, this oolong produced a very pale liquid with interesting flavors. After a first gaiwan steep it was very delicate, honeyed and floral (reminded me of tulips). Each subsequent steep was different and demonstrated that this is a tea well-suited for a gong fu brewing. Malt, orchids, roast, grassiness, slight bitterness, vegetables all took their turns taking the central stage through the subsequent steepings – and you can get MANY of them out. It also had a nice lingering aftertaste.

All in all, this tea never knocks you down off your feet with the amazing taste or aroma but it certainly keeps your drinking session interesting with constant changes.

Flavors: Bitter, Flowers, Grass, Honey, Malt, Orchids, Roasted, Vegetables

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152 tasting notes

This tea is a medium oolong with a light amber color and a nice sweet aroma. It has a pronounced honey taste and is sweet but not overpowering. It has a velvety texture that makes it feel like I’m drinking a warm glass of honey. There is a hint of floral flavor that comes on a little stronger as the tea cools.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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169 tasting notes

I’m surprised this is the first review of this tea. Thanks, TeaVivre, for sending it as part of a free sample promotion earlier this year. I put the entire 7 g sample in a 120 ml teapot, which it filled right to the brim. Steeps were at 200F for 7, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 120, and 240 seconds.

This lives up to its name, with honey, orchid, mild roast, and lychee-like sweetness. There’s a slight astringency in the aftertaste, which is not surprising given the amount of leaf. In later infusions, notes of wood, minerals, and veggies emerge.

Although this was by no means a complex tea, its honey and orchid character was pronounced and pleasant. I’ll have no problem finishing the two other samples I have on hand, and would consider buying more if I didn’t already own three other iterations of this type of tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Honey, Lychee, Mineral, Orchid, Roasted, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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