Honey Orchid

Honey Orchid

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Mi Lan Xiang Dancong Oolong Tea

Phoenix Mountain, Wudong Village, Guangdong, China
Spring 2017

One of the more iconic of the Dancong oolongs grown on Phoenix Mountain, Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Xiang), truly deserves its name. These leaves bloom with the scent of orchid flowers, and leave a honey sweetness on the tongue. On further steeps a slight bitter edge arrives to pleasantly counter the sweet notes, a truly clean, fresh flavour. This tea will transport you to a summer garden with the honeybees.

Steeping instructions

Gongfu style: 80°C water, 5g leaves per 100ml of water. 1st steep: 15 seconds, then add 5 seconds for each subsequent steep. 

Western style: 80°C water, >1g per 100ml of water (since these leaves don't really fit in a spoon, this is about a three-finger pinch of tea for a large mug). 1st steep: 2 minutes, then add 30 seconds for each subsequent steep.

Meet the Grower:

Chaozhou Tea Growers

The Huang family have been growing Dancong oolongs for 60 years in Wudong village, on Phoenix mountain in Chaozhou, Guangdong province, China. This region is one of the birthplaces of Chinese oolongs, and for good reason- the cool mists that often blanket Phoenix Mountain are ideal for production of the rich, floral Dancongs. Unsurprisingly, they specialize in these Dancongs, and offer a large selection of handcrafted teas. We have chosen two of our favourites to offer you, Honey Orchid and Snow Duck. 

Two men examine a bamboo tray full of tea leaves

A man feeds tea leaves into a cylindrical tumbling machine

An elderly woman sorts finished tea leaves

A young woman sits on a rocky outcrop with a cup of tea

A mountainous landscape with rows of tea bushes and a tea set in the foreground