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Caramel, Cherry, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Orchid, Wood
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From Trident Booksellers and Cafe Boulder Colorado

This black Mi Lan Xiang or “Honey Orchid Aroma”, is a unique and highly aromatic tea which comes to us from the Phoenix mountains in Guangdong, from tea bushes about 100 years old. As a black tea, it is somewhat richer and slightly sweeter than the more lightly oxidized version. It hits up front with a pungent floral aroma before filling the mouth with sweetness and leaving an aftertaste suggestive of dark cherries and malted honey. A highly complex and enjoyable black tea, it would make a great choice for an oolong-lover looking for something with a little more heft.

Home to numerous single cultivars, Phoenix mountain teas are distinctive for their emphasis on the character of the specific tea-bush, though they are usually left semi-oxidized.

Origin – Gungdong, China

Location – Phoenix Mountain, Da Hu Village

Harvest – 3/20/20

Tastes Like – Orchids, Honey Malt, Dark Cherries

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Pretty damn similar to the oolong version. I’ve had Black Dan Congs before and they tend to be similar to Black Tie Guan Gins or Wuyi blacks, and of course, are on the sweeter floral spectrum I barely leave. This one follows suit, and again, the notes are valid. The orchid is not quite as pronounced as the fruity notes, especially the honey and cherry. The tea hits heavy in the first two brews western and Gong Fu, and then really lightens out. Grandpa was a little too heavy and sweet.

This is a very good tea, but I think I’m not doing it justice. At least it’s recorded before it disappears from the database.

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Orchid, Wood


Do you mean disappear from Steepster’s database or the tea shops?

Daylon R Thomas

Shop as they go through inventory.

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I hate that too; I’ve even used archive.org before to try to get the “shop listing” info of a tea that has already been removed from their webpage by the time I get around to adding it to Steepster…


ok gotcha. I was hoping no one was worried about steepster deleting tea pages.

Daylon R Thomas

Ohhhh that was an issue for some of the recent notes last year during the transition. As of now, no.


I also feel bad when I don’t add a tea to Steepster before the shop deletes it from their catalogue.


Leafhopper, I like when tea shops actually keep old info for older teas on their site! I guess this is half the purpose of Steepster though.


Agreed, though I understand why they might not want to keep an archive of all their past inventory, especially if it’s large.

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