This is the 2nd tea from the April TOMC. The dry aroma is a light incense, the warm aroma is of red grapefruit & sandalwood. It’s very addictive. I sat breathing it in, & I love it.

The first time I tasted Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong, it kind of freaked me out. I’d never had a tea with the vaporous after-aroma incense-like sensation in my sinuses. I also didn’t really care much for the feeling like I was drinking incense mixed with grapefruit juice. It just wasn’t right.

Amazingly, each time I drink it, I enjoy it more! It’s a very complex tea, best suited to a gongfu session. The early cups are gently sweet grapefruit, with a bit of the bitter rind, a pinch of clove, & the after glow of sandalwood, & with each steep it builds, like eating a sweet grapefruit in a Buddhist temple, the air heavy with incense & flowers.

Yvonne

Beautiful description – this sounds like a truly wonderful delight.

Nxtdoor

This is why I should not be writing tasting notes. Mine said something like “this tea makes me think of hot dog”. Maybe I should quit.

Yvonne

Lol, mine are worse! Yours are awesome – please don’t quit!

cryptickoi

hahaha,Nxtdoor…mine aren’t anything to brag about that’s for sure…

Sil

nxtdoor – not allowed! also…are you going to the tea festival this weekend (terri will let me hijack her note hahaha)

Cavocorax

LOL – I want to read about this hot dog tea.

Terri HarpLady

Nxtdoor, I love your review, LOL. We need reviews like that!
AND little terri said,
“I WANT TO GO TO THE TEA FESTIVAL WITH YOU GUYS!!! WAAAAAAA!”

Sil

Terri…i wish you could come too. Cavo has a sick little one so it’s just me, Raritea and Kittenna…though i’ll probably beat those two there since they’re SLOW POKES!

Terri HarpLady

awww, so sorry your kid is sick Cavo :(

Nxtdoor

What? A tea festival? What rock have I been under? Yeah, I wanna go. I have a think on a Saturday from 4 pm onward. Can we go Sunday?

Bonnie

Who has a TEA festival in the middle of Winter snow storms?! The abominable snow-teaman?!

Cavocorax

Thanks Terri! She’s much happier now (well, she’s sleeping now! ha), which makes me hope she’s through the worst.

Too bad about the tea festival. Part of me wants to just text Sil at the last moment and show up anyways but… aaaaghh.

The good thing is I’ll PROBABLY be in TO next year too. (And the year after? And…)

Cavocorax

Bonnie – I was wondering that too.

Hey Sil, is this thing indoors?

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Yvonne

Beautiful description – this sounds like a truly wonderful delight.

Nxtdoor

This is why I should not be writing tasting notes. Mine said something like “this tea makes me think of hot dog”. Maybe I should quit.

Yvonne

Lol, mine are worse! Yours are awesome – please don’t quit!

cryptickoi

hahaha,Nxtdoor…mine aren’t anything to brag about that’s for sure…

Sil

nxtdoor – not allowed! also…are you going to the tea festival this weekend (terri will let me hijack her note hahaha)

Cavocorax

LOL – I want to read about this hot dog tea.

Terri HarpLady

Nxtdoor, I love your review, LOL. We need reviews like that!
AND little terri said,
“I WANT TO GO TO THE TEA FESTIVAL WITH YOU GUYS!!! WAAAAAAA!”

Sil

Terri…i wish you could come too. Cavo has a sick little one so it’s just me, Raritea and Kittenna…though i’ll probably beat those two there since they’re SLOW POKES!

Terri HarpLady

awww, so sorry your kid is sick Cavo :(

Nxtdoor

What? A tea festival? What rock have I been under? Yeah, I wanna go. I have a think on a Saturday from 4 pm onward. Can we go Sunday?

Bonnie

Who has a TEA festival in the middle of Winter snow storms?! The abominable snow-teaman?!

Cavocorax

Thanks Terri! She’s much happier now (well, she’s sleeping now! ha), which makes me hope she’s through the worst.

Too bad about the tea festival. Part of me wants to just text Sil at the last moment and show up anyways but… aaaaghh.

The good thing is I’ll PROBABLY be in TO next year too. (And the year after? And…)

Cavocorax

Bonnie – I was wondering that too.

Hey Sil, is this thing indoors?

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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