Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong

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Oolong Tea
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Grapefruit, Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Dried Fruit, Floral, Honey, Roasted, Fruit Tree Flowers
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 7 oz / 208 ml

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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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114 Tasting Notes

434 tasting notes

This is mighty good.

I’m inaugurating a new bright yellow and blue Gaiwan, I love it!

I don’t drink Dancong as much as I should. I like them only Gongfu style. They are so full of nuances and surprises, I find it all gets lost in a large cup.

This one is super fruity. Roasted bittersweet citrus notes are the stars here, at least during the first 3 steeps.

Have you ever grilled Ruby Red grapefruits on the BBQ? You caramelize them slowly and brush them with honey. They get sweeter, but they remain bitter at the same time. This is what is tastes like.

The taste lingers and lingers…

Then it gets more roasty and woodsy, I get incense and sandalwood notes, that’s even more present in the scent than in the taste itself. It also becomes spicier and richer, but the finish is a nice floral. Told you it was full of surprises!

It also gets sweeter, my lips tastes like honey after each sips…(it’s not my lip gloss, not wearing any!)

I made up my mind, this is the dark oolong I’m choosing to season one of my yixing pots this week end…

It is totally worthy!


Nice! Have fun with seasoning!


This sounds lovely.


Mmmmm Dancong my fave


This sounds good…as does the grapefruit on the grill. Just honey? Direct or indirect heat?


Thanks boychik, I’m sure it’ll be fun :-)

The tea is really good, and it steeps forever!!


Cheri, I cut them in half, and brush them with just a little coconut oil, then I put them face down on the grill, indirect heat. When they are well caramelized, I glaze them with honey face up otherwise it would stick all over your grill. It’s a quick dessert when you have people over during summer and it makes you look really smart even though it’s so easy! I serve them now with Terri’s coconut whipped cream instead of vanilla ice cream. yum, I think I’m gonna make some now, lol!


TTF, that sounds amazing and pretty easy. Thanks!


Oh, and the same with pineapples, also delish!!


I need some pics of this new gaiwan :)

Terri HarpLady

Beautiful description, & so spot on! I need to have a session with this tea, it’s been awhile.

I almost made coconut whip cream today. I picked blackberries, & really wanted to use my almond flour pancake recipe to make little shortcakes, with the berries & whipped cream, but I didn’t really have time to do all that, so I ended up just eating them instead.


Thanks Terri..and that cream is so NOM!!! My CocoTerriWhip :-)

Haha! Here it is just for you Sarsonator…



Lovely!!!! It’s so pretty!


I would like to add that I discovered grilled watermelon this year and it is fabulous as well. Especially if you use it in a caprese salad with mozzarella basil and a little balsamic omg!!


Grilled peaches sprinkled with brown sugar and apples the same way are nice too.


And figs! Grilled figs – also with the coconut whip or with vanilla ice cream.

New gaiwan??? Oh! Pretty! It’s other Mandala one besides the pink one right? I oogled it too :)

I have some of this tea too. Maybe tomorrow morning. I had kind if forgotten about it.


Lol, i love how these threads turn into food fest! Great suggestions everyone :-)

mzPriss, I came so close to buy the pink one!

Terri HarpLady

Beautiful Gaiwan!
Grilled watermelon…never even considered that! I have several sugar babies in my garden, so I might have to give it a try, although I can’t have the mozzarella, but I have some kickass balsamic!


Stephanie, that sounds amazing.

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226 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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1810 tasting notes

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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62 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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126 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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749 tasting notes

i drank this one so fast and barely remember it.
i have an oolong problem.
a delicious oolong problem.

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2 tasting notes

intense sandalwood aroma and its dark color from this blend. i most say it is also very tasty! I followed the brewing instruction. It seems verdant tea get very good review and this one does not disappoint.

The texture is creamy and buttery and the flavor is hard for me to describe. All i know is i really like this tea. I infused this 3 times and all 3 were very good, each a little different which is very nice. would recommend.

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