Material: 35 years old tea bushes
Altitude: 1000 meters height above sea level
Area: Feng Bei Village, Chaozhou, Guangdong.
Mi Lan Xiang, literally Honey Orchid Aroma, is the most common Dancong variety on the market. However, its quality varies greatly. To my palate, the best examples of Mi Lan Xiang, (spring harverst) offer flower notes, fruit notes (apricot/peach) and that honey kind of sweetness. This one has all of this. The inferior ones for me don’t have such a strong apricot flavor. Take into account that there might be exceptions to what I’ve just said depending on harvest season and processing style (baking level). There is also another variety of Milan Xiang that is very different from this one and has sweet potato notes (Xiang Fan Shu).
The tea garden near this village belongs to the Phoenix Mountain area. It has a high altitude, and it is next to the Wudong Mountain.
The area surrounding the tea garden has diverse flora and some wild animals. All of this translates as a favourable environment for the tea plants.
Usually, Mi Lan Xiang is a heavily roasted variety compared to other Dancongs. This one is a superior quality example of properly charcoal roasted tea.
There are no traces of roast flavour like the one in over-roasted (burn taste) teas.
Instead, this tea has floral, caramel, honey and apricot notes.
It has some bitterness and astringency that are never harsh.
The tea has a mouthwatering, thick, creamy soup and It causes one to produce a decent amount of salivation. The after taste is intense in the mouth and throat. And will remain for a while after drinking.
I brewed this tea for 12 infusions with 5 grams in a 90ml gaiwan.
Brewing tip: Dancong tea is a bit more tricky to brew than other Oolongs.
These teas usually prefer a short steeping time and the easiest way is to make it in a porcelain Gaiwan. You can also use a Chaozhou clay teapot, Yixing Zhuni or Hongni. I got good results with these clays too. But you have to find a teapot that suits them. We advise you to experiment with different clays if you plan to use a teapot and compared it with a porcelain gaiwan side by side.