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Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong

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Oolong Tea
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Fruit Tree Flowers, Honey
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 6 oz / 175 ml

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  • “I've been drinking a lot of Verdant teas lately lol, sorry for not much variety in the way of companies :P anyways, I decided it's time to have a yixing session again..it's been much too long. I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “yep..still don't like this one. Oh well, not a problem since there are plenty out there that i do. there's just something about the taste to this one that makes me like this a lot less than other...” Read full tasting note
    Silaena 4044 tasting notes
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 2498 tasting notes
  • “I redid this one using my new yixing I dedicated it to (not the bad one I just got and found out was a fake). I know it's still absorbing a lot of the flavor but I wanted to see how much different...” Read full tasting note
    feralanima 174 tasting notes

From Verdant Tea

A heady, intoxicating oolong that evokes sandalwood incense, honeydew melon, and dark, rich spice . . .

Mi Lan Xiang, literally “Honey Orchid Fragrance” is a real understatement for this tea. The aroma is absolutely heady and enveloping, like walking into a temple burning sandalwood incense with lotus flowers strewn about, and a faint whiff of pine sap and honeydew melon.

The taste does not disappoint after such a commanding fragrance. There is the dark gentle spice of clove, a building floral taste like a blooming lotus, and the bursting juicy sweetness of biting into a piece of homemade honey candy.

In the second steeping, citrus qualities begin to develop, dominated by a ruby red grapefruit flavor. There is a profound warming sensation to the brew, complimented by dark maple syrup.

Later steepings see the darker elements integrate seamlessly with a growing spice profile, and even hint at the honeydew melon taste through a continuing burting juicy sweetness. The aftertaste on this tea is a lingering comforting warmth, with all the dark floral elements at the back of the throat.

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44 tasting notes

Excuisite, well rounded Dan Cong.
Brews a damn good cup of tea. Using traditionally short infusion times, it yields a subtle-flavored, sublimely fragrant brew.
Long lasting, multi faceted fragrance of what you would imagine
fairy tale grade floral honey to smell like.

I generally drink unsweetened tea. However, I tried this one with a little agave nectar with great results. Agave is gentle on the flavor while adding body to the tea. It brings out the flavors well, enhancing the nectar-like aspect of this oolong.

Asaf Mazar

edit: regarding the agave- only works with the light colored mild type. some agave nectars have too much flavor of their own.

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15 tasting notes

Wow my cupboard is getting full of tea of the month. I guess I slow a bit when it gets warm outside. I decided to dig in for unique Oolong.
The dry leaf of this tea looks very delicate. Long, thin, dried ribbons between one inch and two inch in length. The dry nose is of driftwood, light apple chips, and a little muscatel.
I started with a quick rinse then got into the first steep:
1st (5 sec.): Wet leaf has strong dark roasty notes with a hint of citrus piff. I first notice the super creamy mouth-feel with flavors of light spice. It is also very bright and lively.
2nd (5 sec.): This brew is twice as dark as the previous as the leaves begin to open more. Much more fruity and bright. Grapefruit rind and light roast come through heavier with vegital tones in the middle. A tropical flavor rests on your tongue for a good couple minutes after your sip.
3rd (5 sec.): The roast is falling to the back with vegital holding strong. I am starting get a sweetness coming through, reminiscent of honey. Color has lightened from previous.
4th (8 sec.): Almost all the dark roast in the beginning is gone. Even the vegital is diminishing. Still holding a heavy mouth-feel and light sweetness.
Overall a very nice tea. The tea is beautiful to look at, and looks like there was much care taken while processing. Flavors are pleasing, but wish they hung around for a few more steering’s. I was hoping that the tropical note from the second steep would have stayed and built a little more. Would definitely recommend.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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101 tasting notes

Oops never rated nor wrote any notes on this one yet. When I brew this at home it is a very nice oolong and I would definitely love to have it around the house…however compared to the other oolong/black teas from Verdant I have (or the other types of oolongs I have), this one doesn’t brew well when I take it in my travel mug to work :(
I tried it today and ended up drinking it bitter…for this reason only, I am giving it a slightly lower rating. It is not as versatile for my needs as some other oolongs I have in stock.

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So clearly something is wrong with my sense of taste. I am not getting all these complex flavors as are the rest of you. This tea was part of my Verdant sampler and I have been putting off trying it because I am afraid of another floral oolong. The others in the sampler were certainly floral. I finally braved it. The most complexity I got at any point working with this tea was from the dry leaves. They have a very strong scent, riddled with flower and smells of the forest. The first two infusions were extremely delicate to me. I could pick up a faint floral aroma if I had my nose right to it, but there was very little flavor (I guess my taste buds are broken!). I have stated before that I am not terribly fond of florals, but I am slowly learning to tolerate them, at least. I don’t so much mind a floral aroma (and at times I can even appreciate it) so long as the flavor brings more variety and depth. I came to my computer to read other reviews about this tea and out of rash frustration, I decided to force something more from this one. I let the leaves stew several minutes (un-timed) in my Gaiwan. Well, that was a mistake. It didn’t taste like a flower, or honey, or fruit or anything palatable. I created a super bitter cup that I promptly poured out.

While I could take the time to figure this tea out, I don’t feel much up to it. I have too many other teas that get along with me just fine without much ado.

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152 tasting notes

Used my Gaiwan for this one. Did a rinse then steeped for 30 seconds.
The liquor is very perfumed with citrus flowers which smell fantastic. I have a Meyer Lemon tree and other citrus trees in my garden and the hummingbirds go crazy during citrus blooming season.
Oh wow!! I do taste grapefruit. Far out!! This is a very cleansing tea with some unusual flavors!!
Thank u to Terri Harplady for spoiling me with lovely samples!

Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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309 tasting notes

First experience with this one. Definite astringency. Complex flavor. Not sure I appreciate this one yet but since the leaf should have staying power I’ll continue to work through lots of resteeps.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g

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If one must spend the afternoon delving into the abyss of federal retiree beauracracy to make health insurance adjustments, one can at least do so in comfort in the backyard glider (ahhh!) with a cup of excellent tea, courtesy again of scribbles, to enjoy.

It always makes me chuckle, the variance of descriptors a single tea can get; proof positive is that nothing you write in a review is wrong—it’s all in your head :) The formal writeup of this one refers to honey, orchids, sandalwood, melon—-these taste buds are picking up sweet, flat, ginger ale with a taste that clings to your tongue after you swallow. The monster-sized leaves smell flowerish, both wet and dry. And as a lover of black teas that graciously take stewing and neglect, I didn’t know what to think of the 2-5 second steep requirement…that’s barely enough to dampen the leaves. However, I tried it (well, it was more like 15 seconds) and got a surprising amount of deep, rich, flavor.

Now, off to send an email into the great Office of Personnel Management Black Hole…

Terri HarpLady

Without a doubt, taste is an individual thing! That’s one of the things that makes steepster so much fun :)


Backyard glider? Without a coat? That was like a squirrel to a dog. Hoping such weather is headed our way. When you grasp the whole federal retiree insurance craziness pass along the knowledge. I have a year and a half wait yet before I am get it and I haven’t a clue.

Stewing and neglect… why can’t it just say that on the label once in a while?


Terri—isn’t it nice to be never wrong? (That happens to me…never.)

Trying to help Dad report Mom’s death to all the appropriate authorities…all the website says is “email xxxx” or call “xxxx.” Not what information is needed, what department to ask for; it’s just like sending an email down the toilet and hoping something pops back up. Bad analogy. Or maybe not.


Count me in, I so agree! When I review, most of the times (unless I’m just too curious to wait) I intentionally read notes AFTER so I can have a good giggle at comparing. It’s so funny when I’m completely off the track with most of the reviewers, but as you’ve mentioned, feels good to never be “officially” wrong :-)

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57 tasting notes

Great balance of flavors with a little smokiness. The description of tobacco is accurate to the wet leaf aroma. I’ve enjoyed this tea more and more over time.

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53 tasting notes

The fruity aroma and flavors were ethereal in the second steeping, with the spice flavors staying strong. Unfortunately, that does not make a very good cup. Lowering rating to reflect the lackluster second infusion. Not bothering with a third.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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117 tasting notes

Just got this as a sample in my Verdant tea order that literally JUST GOT HERE about 3 minutes ago. I waste no time. I decided to dig right into the sample because it sounded intriguing on Steepster and I thought to myself why didn’t I think to order that? Oh well…SAMPLE!! :)

So I just finished brewing it…trying to calm a screaming baby…will probably give it just enough time to cool….

Ah I see…Diaper change….that will do it.

Now to the tea. First steep is nice. Green and sweet…not near as woodsy and dark as I was anticipating…

Second steep, much more mellow…in fact I think I like it better the second steep. It seems more balanced. Less “green”

Third Steep: More citrus. A little astringency.

And I’m going to go to bed. Because it’s late and I need sleep!!

Over all a pretty good oolong

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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