The Great Emperor of All under Heaven once asked the wise tea master Lao Cha:
– Tell me, wise old man, is there a tea that could compare in its fragrance to a beautiful flower?
– Yes, there is, Your Highness. It's called Mi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Oolong, and it possesses an outstanding Orchid Aroma and the sweetness of honey. Drinking the tea is like sipping the sweet sap of Heaven.
Mi Lan Xiang Dan Cong Oolong tea, which translates as Honey Orchid Aroma, is made from the Dan Cong tea tree – famous for its ability to mimic different flavors. From the "Flower Aroma" series, our Mi Lan Xiang is one of the most acclaimed Dan Cong teas. It possesses the fragrance of irises and orchids, as well as a honey-sweet taste. Dan Cong teas are a particular type of oolong teas that grow on the Phoenix (Fenghuang) mountain in Guandong, China. Our Mi Lan Xiang Oolong is full of "shan yun" (山韵) – "mountain rhyme", (similar to "yan yun" (岩韵) for Wuyi Rock Oolongs), used to describe the unique characteristics of Fenghuang Dan Cong Oolongs.
When brewing this oolong tea, we recommend using zisha teaware and zisha teacups together with aroma cups to extract this remarkable tea's full taste and aroma. You'll taste a prominent honey and orchid aroma by sipping this tea with a sweet and light floral taste.
In Chinese, the word "Dan Cong" means "single bush". A dancong oolong tea garden, if we may call it so, differs significantly from a typical tea garden. Most tea gardens of the world have uniform short bushes growing in straight rows and pretty much similar in shape. However, what makes Dan Cong tea gardens unique is that they are semi-wild. Otherwise, we would not get the sweet and rare tea we know and love. Indeed, no Dan Cong bush is the same. Actually, they resemble tall trees more than bushes, growing pretty chaotically and sometimes even reaching 16 ft in height! While this is true with all teas, it is especially so with Phoenix DanCong tea - no batch is quite like the other due to how "wild" these tea trees are.
Chen Shao Bo's grandparents founded Chan's family tea gardens in Tian Zhu Keng and Wudong villages in Feng Huang Mountain. Now, Shao Bo is the head of the family and is attending to the tea trees that his ancestors planted, making him a third-generation tea farmer.
195℉ / 90℃
6g per 500ml 3-5min
6g per 110ml 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion