Orchid Phoenix Oolong

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Oolong Tea
Burnt, Honey, Pepper, Wood
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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Notes of honey, black pepper flowers, and sandalwood.
From the Phoenix mountain range in Guandong, China, this delicious oolong imparts delicate floral fragrances with a sweetness and bright woodiness of sandalwood. This tea is a real treasure, and I love brewing it on a quiet, early morning.

This type of oolong, mi lan xiang, translates as honey-orchid fragrance, and is in the broader category of dancong oolong, which means single bush oolong. There are many ~12 different types of dancong oolong that are primarily named after their fragrances (xiang) for which they are cultivated.

Brew this tea with 185’F water for 1 minute, increase brewing time and temp with additional infusions.

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Some semblance of stability on here it seems. A part of wishes I went ahead and wrote the notes to let them cascade and save myself some time.

Anyway, thanks to Whiteantlers, I got a massive unexpected surprise on my door step a few days ago.

I saw her name, smiled, and then when I opened the package, I went “Damn….”

“You know me so well.”

I smiled in glee at the treasures, and immediately went to a particular tea that I’ve been coveting for a while from Lupicia-the fan favorite, but misunderstood grape bomb Muscat Oolong. Of course, more on that one later.

For now, this backlog of the many other backlogs I want to do, comes first. I was surprised Orchid Phoenix was not already added, and I was happy to try it. I love Milans, and Totem usually has teas with more refined notes and flavors, and a pretense more than quality that demands high price.

So does it have the usual roasted heather honey woodsiness you can expect from any Milan, with some more Lychee in steep one, but it does not expand beyond “Notes of honey, black pepper flowers, and sandalwood.” Accurate, yes, and I only got 4 rebrews out of it and the sandlewood “burned” into the last sessions. I liked it in steeps one and two, but it got muddled by the sandlewood notes later on being too woodsy.

I’m glad this was a sample, because $14 for this particular tea is way to high for only giving you 4 sessions after a minute for the first steep. I feel that this one is oversold, but I also feel that way about Totem Tea’s hiked up prices period. I still enjoyed being able to try it, though.

Flavors: Burnt, Honey, Pepper, Wood

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
White Antlers

I agree with you about Totem’s prices. : ( Consider your box a way of me wishing you a few happy belated birthdays.


Totem Tea is expensive. The incense is fabulous. My reaction to opening a box from White Antlers was disbelief. Perhaps a tear. Perhaps.

White Antlers

derk Ah! You enjoy incense? Perhaps when the blasted heat lets up here, you might find some coming your way…


Totem Tea has incense? Off to check it out! scamper

White Antlers

ashmanra Totem’s incense is nice, but I highly recommend Mermade Magickal Arts as well as Japan Incense for wonderful, unusual selection.

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