Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong (Verdant Tea)
This dancong sample was generously included in my order from Verdant Tea, though this one is from Guangdong instead of Yunnan. This autumn 2011 oolong's name means 'honey-orchid fragrance' (蜜兰香), and being dancong, it comes from a single bush.
The leaves are very long, lightly twisted and the colour of dark chocolate. The aroma in the bag is very savoury, with a toasty aroma of burnt sandalwood and barbecue.
The first steeping brings an auburn liquor with an aroma of hops, buttery vanilla, and grapefruit. The first sip is almost like a fruity India Pale Ale - crisp and hoppy, with tart citrus notes. This is followed by a spicy coriander note and a tangy, astringent aftertaste.
The second steeping has a note of pine seeping into the aroma, with a sweeter undertone. On the tounge, the tangy citrus has been replaced by a sweet honey note with a dusky edge. The aftertaste is more along the lines of savoury maple syrup. This is an unusual but interestingly complex tea.
Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong at Verdant Tea