Saturday, July 13, 2013

Verdant Tea Mi Lan Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: long, dark and twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: orangish amber

This tea was decadent and fragrant with notes of honey, orchid and citrus. A gentle woody, spiciness in the finish kept it from being too sweet. I loved the way that taste lingered in my palate. The second infusion was even headier than the first. A fruitiness reminiscent of apricot and raisins came into the forefront in the fourth infusion. I stopped at five infusions but the leaves definitely had a lot more to give. For an oolong nut like me this was a cup of pure bliss. I could probably write an entire post containing nothing but descriptors for this tea but I'm just going to tell you that you really must try it for yourself. This incredibly complex tea is definitely one to take your time with. Use small cups and savor each sip. Verdant Tea created an excellent video on how to brew this tea and I've included it below in case you need any guidance.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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