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After having a sample of the Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mt Dancong and finding it quite fascinating I asked for a sample of this.

The tea leaves are a dark brownish-green and slightly twisted. Dry and wet the leaves smell of roasted fruit. After a quick rinse I brewed this gaiwan style. My sip of this tea left me baffled as to what the taste was. First I thought oh there’s some sort of floral note, soft light note of jasmine. Then I thought hazelnut with the nutty taste and creamy texture. Then there was sweet toasted marshmallow followed by an orange note but more in the taste without the citrus texture, kind of like a creamsicle. The aftertaste was spearmint with the tingling sparkling sensation.

What madness is this?! It seems whatever I wished to taste I could find in the tea! As I continued tasting I came across a lightly buttered croissant, lightly grilled stone fruit, and some sort of pine wood. As the steeps continued the roasted flavors came out more and mineral/stone notes came into play as well.

This is a bizarre and wonderful tea than unfolds and shows so much in flavor. It is not nearly as bold and has less roasted notes than that of the Mi Lan Dancong. It still has roasted notes and mineral notes, which I am not a big fan of, but this tea is just so complex that it makes up for those notes!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

A tea taste vortex! A monster wave you ride on a longboard! Exhilaration! Isn’t this what we are looking for?!

ashmanra

Sounds amazing!

Invader Zim

I’m not a fan of the really mineral notes or the roasted/grilled notes, but these dancongs are just so amazingly complex they blow my mind!

Lynne-tea

Oh my! I want to try this so bad now! It’s been in my shopping cart many times.

Sil

thanks for the great review! Though now i have yet another tea to add to the list…

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Bonnie

A tea taste vortex! A monster wave you ride on a longboard! Exhilaration! Isn’t this what we are looking for?!

ashmanra

Sounds amazing!

Invader Zim

I’m not a fan of the really mineral notes or the roasted/grilled notes, but these dancongs are just so amazingly complex they blow my mind!

Lynne-tea

Oh my! I want to try this so bad now! It’s been in my shopping cart many times.

Sil

thanks for the great review! Though now i have yet another tea to add to the list…

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I’m an avid tea drinker, it’s what I drink all day and why I’m here. I don’t sweeten my teas except for the occasional iced tea or cold-brewed tea. I typically brew my teas with a brew basket in a 12 oz cup. If I brew another way I will always note it.

Dislikes: black teas, milk flavored oolongs, hibiscus, red rooibos, licorice, dessert teas, mate, guayusa.

Loves: straight teas, especially Chinese green teas, sencha, jasmine, dan congs, mint, coconut.

My ratings are based mostly on the smiley faces. If a tea is of good quality but not to my taste preference I try not to rate it because I think that is unfair.

I drink a lot of the same teas and will not record every time I drink them. I log them the first time I try them and then again if I did something different and/or got different results.

I also try to keep my cupboard updated to what I actually have for those that wish to swap, although some of them are merely samples.

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