Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Oolong

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Caramel, Honey, Lychee, Orchid, Melon, Rose
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190 °F / 87 °C 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “well ive had a crap weekend. FWP but hey. So I broke out a few favourites, like LPs peachy elixir #9, and during the height of my pissed-off-ness I dumped the whole sample of this into my gaiwan...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Steepster was still broken as I was drinking this one. I’m glad that it seems to be back up! I had never tried a Phoenix Oolong before and I’m pretty sure I messed it up. Instructions said 1...” Read full tasting note
  • “I took Whispering Pines at their word and steeped 1 tbsp in 8 oz for 1/1.5/2/3/4 minutes. They suggest going up to 7 steeps, so I’ll try that next time when I can spend several house enjoying it....” Read full tasting note
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  • “This was the sample included with my first order from WP! Thank you! This is a lovely oolong! This turned out very light for as dark and twisty as the leaves are. I drank WP Huang Zhi Xiang...” Read full tasting note
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Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Oolong is a famous varietal of oolong grown on Phoenix Mountain in Guangzhou, China. Phoenix mountain is a high elevation (1000m+ above sea level) mountain that spends most of the year covered in mist. Old growth tea trees thrive in these conditions, producing some of the most complex and beautiful tea available! Mi Lan Xiang translates to Honey Orchid Fragrance, and opens with a heady orchid aroma with sweet honey in the background.

The taste is like standing in a field of summer wildflowers in an clearing of a forest eating honey-drizzled toast, with fresh florals, a touch of wheat, and a thick honeyed finish. The body is juicy with hints of grape and melon. Maple syrup can be noted in later infusions as well as sea-salted pine nuts, picked at their peak of freshness and eaten straight out of the hull! There is a light astringency in the finish as well as mineral, sandalwood, and allspice. This is a truly beautiful tea. If you are unfamiliar with Phoenix Mountain Oolongs, I would recommend trying out Huang Zhi Xiang first for a more subtle approach to the varietal.

Phoenix Mountain Oolongs are generally very difficult to brew. Because of this, we have spent around six months working out the proper brewing instructions to make the perfect cup of this complex oolong everytime! You can enjoy at least seven cups of Mi Lan Xiang per tablespoon of tea leaves. If you can’t handle that much tea, I would highly suggest going to the 4th infusion, which is my personal favorite!

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well ive had a crap weekend. FWP but hey. So I broke out a few favourites, like LPs peachy elixir #9, and during the height of my pissed-off-ness I dumped the whole sample of this into my gaiwan and had a long dan cong sesh.

Its nice. nice and honeyed, its slightly more cooked/oxidised/whatevs the process is that makes mi lan than another I have tried, which gives it a slightly caramel flavour to the honey. A little lychee in the background taste and honey orchid aroma combine in that magical way. Mi Lan is such a nice tea…

It lasted many steeps, I cant remember the exact number but a fair few. The slightly darker edge to this version makes it a nice one for people who like the base dan cong flavour. thick and yummy

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Lychee, Orchid

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Steepster was still broken as I was drinking this one. I’m glad that it seems to be back up!

I had never tried a Phoenix Oolong before and I’m pretty sure I messed it up.
Instructions said 1 tbsp/cup for a minute. The 1tbsp didn’t surprise me but this tea is super ‘fluffy’, so I ended up just grabbing a bunch with my hand to put in my cup. I’m wondering if cup meant gaiwan, because I feel like I underleafed.

10 seconds to the rinse.
First one minute steep it tasted like a very light oolong. Very nice and smooth. But the taste was soo light that I couldn’t really say much about individual notes.
The second, and third steep tasted the same, if a little weaker. I wonder if I let the tea cool for too long between sips. It’s hot here and I couldn’t handle really hot tea so I just decanted the steeps and wandered around with chores while sipping away at the last steep. By the end of the third (12oz) steep I was ready for something different (and more interesting).

I feel like this tea is wasted on me. Surely I’m just not doing it right?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmmm…did you use 1tbsp for 12oz?

boychik

I would do gongfu
Rinse/5/10/10/15sec. 5-6g. 100ml 195F. Usually works for me;)

Flyawaybirdie

I measured the cup today and it was probably closer to 1tbsp/8oz. I guess I’m terrible at guessing volumes. The later steeps kind of got all mixed together as I was pouring the leaves off because I was getting frustrated. I’ll probably try again later in the week.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Can always increase steep time :-)

My recommendations are generally “safe” for people that dislike bitter and astringent qualities, which a dancong SHOULD have if brewed the way it’s brewed in China. :-)

Flyawaybirdie

Would be be perfect for grandpa brewing then? I tend to rarely have the time to just sit down and gongfu, grandpa is my preferred method. I think this might actually be really nice that way if I add more leaves. I’m unused to working with such long twisty leaves. =D
Yay for learning! Slightly bitter and astringent is how I grew up drinking oolong so the tendency to avoid bringing out the tannins taste is kind of bewildering at times.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yes, it would be nice grandpa style. Lots of orchid notes that way!

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I took Whispering Pines at their word and steeped 1 tbsp in 8 oz for 1/1.5/2/3/4 minutes. They suggest going up to 7 steeps, so I’ll try that next time when I can spend several house enjoying it. And enjoy I did:
Dry leaves: nondescript, tightly twisted, but a pleasantly dusty and perhaps melon scent
1: nothing jumped out except a bit of honey
2: the leaves gave me fading roses and the darker liquor was smooth, rich, and slightly tannic
3: even more rose scent and the flavor a bit of melon
4: still going strong and smooth, the melon even stronger. I think this might be the sweet spot among the steeps.
5: no change in the notes, but it still has subtle flavors. Pretty impressive for just 1 tbsp of tea in twice the water my gaiwan holds

I’ll keep trying this one because I suspect there’s more to it than I am detecting. All around, a fine tea that I could sit with for a while. It would be particularly fun to do several steeps with someone else and compare notes.

Flavors: Honey, Melon, Rose

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was the sample included with my first order from WP! Thank you!

This is a lovely oolong! This turned out very light for as dark and twisty as the leaves are. I drank WP Huang Zhi Xiang Phoenix Mountain Oolong 2 nights ago and I believe in comparison this tea doesn’t have as much citrusy/fruity tang to it. It is more a roasty nutty flavor. This is more comforting while the Huang Zhi Xiang Phoenix Mountain Oolong has a little more flare. This isn’t the dark, dark side of oolongs, but there is a hint of roast that says hey I am not a green oolong. They are both wonderful and I will definitely reorder this one at some point. Thanks again for the sample and the opportunity to try this one.

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