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Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea
Noticeable honey orchid, sweet & mellow
Noticeable honey orchid, sweet & mellow
Fenghuang Town, Chaozhou City, Guangdong Province, China
March 15, 2018
One bud with two leaves
Tight and even strips, dark brown bloom glossy with honey aroma
Lasting orchid fragrance and strong honey aroma
Bright orange color
Mellow and smooth taste with strong honey aroma, yielding a
long lasting fragrance with unique mountain flavor
Mi Lan Xiang Variety (the average age is about 90 to 100 years)
Da An Tea Garden
Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place
The "perfume" fragrance is very amazing at the first taste.
What is Lao Cong?
Lao Cong refers to the older tea trees. This kind of tea tree has deeper roots and absorbs rich minerals, so the tea leaves are flourishing. The aroma and taste of tea leaves from these tea trees are better than the leaves from newly planted tea trees. Lao Cong tea has a special flavor and the tea tastes smooth with bold sweet aftertaste.
Why is it called Mi Lan Xiang?
Mi Lan Xiang, or Honey Orchid Fragrance, is one of the famous flavor types of Phoenix Dan Cong and its mother tree is over 600 years old. The reason why we called it as Mi Lan Xiang is that the tea has obvious “honey aroma” with orchid flavor. The two flavors which are wonderfully blended together make the Mi Lan Xiang very exceptional.
When we drink the tea, our mouth is overflowing with natural tea aroma which is like elegant "perfume", really amazing, which is why many tea lovers say: “Dan Cong Oolong Tea is a kind of perfume that can be drunk”. While we savor the tea, it tastes mellow and smooth with strong and lasting sweet aftertaste; strong honey aroma and elegant orchid flavor plus the unique mountain flavor lead to endless aftertaste. If you want to better enjoy the lasting honey, elegant orchid and unique mountain flavor of this tea, you can choose Zi Sha Teapot to brew this tea. Through this way, its aroma and taste can be presented more vividly.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 12oz / 355ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|212℉ / 100℃||212℉ / 100℃|
|3g Tea||10g Tea|
|Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins||10 steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 45s, 60s, 75s|
|Rinse time is around 5 seconds|
Da An Tea Garden is located in the Feng Huang Town. The tea trees here grow in the mountains with an average altitude of 1000 meters and 20℃ of annual average temperature. The main features of this tea area are like the following:
1. The soil is rich and thick with abundant trace elements, so the tea trees can fully absorb the nutrition and grow well.
2. It has high altitude and big temperature difference. The natural environment provides a very favorable condition for the growth of tea, and also makes the tea quality better and insect pests less.
3. The mountains diffuse clouds all year round, which is a good environment for breeding high mountain tea. There are more foggy days in the mountains and larger the humidity, so this kind of environment is very conducive to the formation of tea aromatic substances and tea polyphenols, which make the aroma of tea leaves thicker.
The Chaozhou Phoenix Mountain is known for its tea, among the 73 Phoenix Mountains. It has beautiful scenery, fresh air, and a humid and mild climate, with an annual average temperature of about 20℃ and average annual precipitation of around 2100 mm. This mountain is not only a tourist destination, but also the main production region of China’s well-known Phoenix Dan Cong oolong tea, which draws its unique fragrance and taste from the area’s climate and soil. In 1982, Dan Cong was recognized as one of the 32 most famous teas in China. Phoenix Mountain has a total of over 20,000 acres devoted to tea gardens, among which is an ancient tea forest of over 3,000 trees all between 200 and 400 years of age, with some “Song Zhong Tea King” trees as old as 600 years.
It is thanks to Mr. Li that we can offer you this Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang Dan Cong oolong tea. Mr. Li comes from Chaozhou, Guangdong, and met Angel at a tea expo where he heard that she was searching for good, quality teas, and recommended this Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang to her. Angel found that it is different from the Guang Dong Phoenix dan cong also offered on our site: even if the aroma is strong and powerful, it will not block out the flavor of the tea itself. Instead, the aroma and flavor work together and bring out the best in each other, which stood out to Angel.
During their conversation, Mr. Li told Angel of his experience with this special type of tea. Born in a small village in Fenghuang County, he had his first introduction to tea picking, crafting, and drinking at a very young age, the most unforgettable of which turned out to be Dan Cong tea. After graduating from college he returned to his hometown and there started to broaden the tea market, not only for his own family but for the villagers as well. Meanwhile, he has also dedicated himself to finding tea friends and partners, and recommends to them his natural and authentic Dan Cong oolong.
Mi Lan Xiang, selected the single plant from the natural hybrid progenies of Fenghuang Shuixian colony species, belongs to one of the ten famous types of nectars of Phoenix Dan Cong species. This tea bush is early specie of clones and middle leaves; it is tall and the thick and soft leaves are long oval. According to the analysis of GC/MS, this tea bush contains linalool and its oxide and other 50 kinds of aroma components; therefore, the oolong tea made with this tea bush has lasting fragrance and mellow taste. Besides, the black and green tea produced with this tea bush also formed a unique quality and special flavor.
There is a legend that during the Song Dynasty, the Emperor passed by Phoenix Mountain. He was quite thirsty and asked one of his soldiers to pick some tea leaves for him to drink, and on doing so, the Emperor realized the unique quality of the tea. From then on, people specially grew this kind of tree, and named it Song Zhong.
With the 1990s came an increase in the area used to grow tea, and as such, the production quality of that tea has also improved. From 1982 and on, Phoenix has earned many Chinese tea awards. Dan Cong tea has always been known as the king of tea, with many tea lovers all over the world regarding it as a treasure.