Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong

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Oolong Tea
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Fruity, Honey, Peach, Wood, Apricot, Burnt Sugar, Dark Bittersweet, Honeysuckle, Marshmallow, Grapefruit, Autumn Leaf Pile, Dried Fruit, Floral, Roasted, Fruit Tree Flowers
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 7 oz / 205 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
  • “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
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
  • “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

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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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Dark oolong with a light amber color and a pleasant aroma. This tea has a juicy texture and tastes of sweetened grapefruit. It is a very interesting tea, grapefruit is a new taste profile for me.

Flavors: Grapefruit

205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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This was a sample from Stephanie, also known as “Lover of Dancongs”. I’ve been trying to get some more experience with these teas, so I requested this one in our recent swap. The leaves are beautiful – they’re very long and straight, and tightly twisted. Very dark in color. I asked Stephanie for her Western-style brewing parameters and I ended up doing 190 degree for 5 minutes.

Brewed aroma is very strongly apricot. And it’s a rather tart-smelling apricot! Yum. There’s also the ubiquitous roastiness and a bit of floral. Whoa, the taste! Very strong due to the long steep, and the stonefruit flavor is very strong and lovely. There’s also a darker dried fruit flavor, maybe prune or raisin. It’s roasty and there’s a bit of autumn leaf, but it’s in the background which is unusual in my experience. My only issue with this tea is that the floral element is fairly strong, and it almost borders on being soapy near the end. And that kind of prevents me from wanting to drink this again. Curse you, floral! Not rating because of the bias, lul. :D

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Dried Fruit, Floral, Honey, Roasted

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I love that stone fruity aspect of it :)

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34 tasting notes

I’ve chosen this tea for my first tasting note on here. This tea is fantastic. I have enjoyed both western and gong fu with great results both times. The first time I drank it my girlfriend and I actually started laughing it tasted so good. This is always a good sign!

From this tea I have gotten throughout the steeping process the much lauded sandelwood notes as well as stone fruit, grapefruit, and floral notes with some slight minerality popping its head up. Delicious tea.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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390 tasting notes

this was a lovely sample shared with me by my dear friend Xylona as we tried t get down to studying (still haven’t accomplished that yet!). there was a remote familiarity in the taste of this one. what was it? it was going to drive me mad!

then i had it. for me this tea has smooth overtones of roasted plantains. not just a little either. once i identified the note it became overwhelmingly clear, also charmingly engaging. this is a lovely oolong.

bit of turbinado, otherwise clear. thank you Xylona for sharing!!

Cameron B.

Xylona is such an epic name! :P And I want plantain tea!


well, Xylona is a pretty epic friend =0) and the roasted plantain is just so nice in this one! absolutely lovely. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

Cameron B.

I need to place a Verdant order soon before they run out of Minnesota Blend, so I’ll definitely pick up a sample of this and some others. :D


Mmmm, love plantains! I might need to pick some of this up the next time I’m at Verdant :)


lol…. quite outstanding. =0)

Terri HarpLady

This one always tastes like grapefruit to me :)


Haven’t had plantain in a long time. Though in Ecuador I loved the pan fried ones. In general we were more likely to have roasted green bananas ( Verde vs Amarillo) than roasted plantain.

I just saw this recipe for green banana soup. That’s definitely something I haven’t tried before.


isn’t individual interpretation remarkable! grapefruit is not a flavour is have detected!

i adore african roasted plantains… the deep roasted not-yam not-fruit deep, round essence of plantain. i find that in this oolong. =0) a caramelized essence…. =0)


You’re so right james, how different we taste. This is what I wrote in my review :

«Have you ever grilled Ruby Red grapefruits on the BBQ?» Totally grapefruit for me, just like Terri, but also caramelized like you ;-)

I wish I had found plantain, will look for it and keep it in mind next time I drink it :-)

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334 tasting notes

Another new tea from the recent order. The dry leaves were spindly and didn’t smell like much, but as my previous experience with the Yu Lu Yan Cha suggested, the dry aroma of this batch of spring teas gives no indication of what they are like.

The rinse gave off a sudden burst of strong aroma reminding me of tropical fruit, in particular green guava. I hadn’t paid much attention to anything happening in rinses in the past, but this had me intrigued. (I didn’t drink it…)

First steep had a pink champagne color, and a rich, fruity-sweet fragrance. The taste was definitely honey. Nothing subtle about it, this was so sweet it could make your teeth hurt, and syrupy smooth. There was also a hint of grapefruit and a slight breadiness.

Second steep was a darker amber, and completely different in flavor and aroma. This was much less fruity, with almost no hint of honey, the sweetness fading to the background as an afterthought (or rather an anti-bitterness). The notes are predominantly incense (though in my opinion not exactly sandalwood), spice and floral. It becomes a darker and much more complex cup.

It’s getting quite late so I will play with this more some other time…sleep is more important.

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364 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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301 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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2005 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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