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Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid)

$30.00

Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid)

  • 漢字 蜜蘭香鳳凰單丛

    origin Wudong Shan, Guangdong

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes honey, lychee

    漢字 蜜蘭香鳳凰單丛

    origin Wudong Shan, Guangdong

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes honey, lychee

    Mi Lan Xiang is our most popular Phoenix Oolong.  We usually see raised eyebrows from those trying this tea for the first time, followed with that inevitable question, is this tea flavored?  It’s not, but the tea alone is remarkably flavorful.  It is also a very serious tea, descended from a long line of Phoenix Shui Xian tea trees all bearing the unique honeyed aroma and flavor.

    In English, Mi Lan Xiang means "Honey Orchid Fragrance." This tea was gathered in April from an old grove sitting 950+ meters above sea level on Wudong Mountain in the Phoenix Mountain Range.

    Mi Lan Xiang is crafted in the “Nong Xiang” style, where the leaves are oxidized to at least 30% then given repeat roasts until the honey-like aroma and flavor is brought forth.  The resulting tea is sweet, with a subtle floral character not unlike lavender or orange blossom honey.

  • Brewing Guide

    Phoenix Oolongs are complex and delicious teas, but are challenging to brew. There are two approaches, the friendlier path on the brewing guide below will result in a tea that is very sweet and floral, with light honey notes. In Chaozhou, however, such a brew would be considered much too light. The traditional method of brewing Phoenix Oolongs is to emphasize aftertaste and finish. This means a tea that is initially bitter to the untrained palate, but delivers a finish that is intense and persistent.

    To brew Mi Lan Xiang in the traditional style, begin with 5 grams of tea leaves in a gaiwan or small tea pot. We prefer small paper porcelain tea pots for Phoenixes. Use boiling water to first rinse the tea leaves, then brew for 1 minute. On the second infusion, also steep for 1 minute, adding approximately 10 seconds to subsequent infusions. Brewed this way, the tea would yield more than 10 rounds.

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    Gaiwan/Teapot (6 oz.)
    leaves 3 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 1 min
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    Teapot (12 oz.)
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 2 min
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    Infuser Cup
    leaves 3 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 1 min 30 sec
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    Tea Bowl
    leaves 2.5 grams
    temp 200 ° F
    shop gaiwans
    Gaiwan/Teapot (6 oz.)
    leaves 3 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 1 min
    shop teapots
    Teapot (12 oz.)
    leaves 5 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 2 min
    shop infusers
    Infuser Cup
    leaves 3 grams
    temp 205 ° F
    time 1 min 30 sec
    shop tea bowls
    Tea Bowl
    leaves 2.5 grams
    temp 200 ° F