Friday, March 18, 2022

Tea Review: Phoenix Dan Cong Charcoal Roast Honey Orchid Aroma (Serene Tea)

Phoenix Dan Cong Charcoal Roast Honey Orchid Aroma 蜜兰香
Serene Tea
Type: Oolong
Origin: China, Guangdong Province, Guangzhou, Phoenix Mountain
Product Description:
Mi Lan which is Honey Orchid Aroma, is one of the most distinguishable aromas from the ten aromatic categories of Phoenix Dan Cong teas. This Mi Lan, however, it's a very special varietal and it's not roasted by machine, but hand roasted painstakingly with charcoal. It's unlike any other Honey Orchid you have ever tried, and it's one that you won't be able to stop sipping.

Fresh harvested from the coastal area in Canton province, this 100% pure tea benefits from the mineral-rich soil on Phoenix Mountain. Constantly surrounded by mists and fog, wild tea tress and tea farms populate the mountain in soil as rich as the folklores of Phoenix Dan Cong Tea. These ancient trees exceed 100 – 200 years in age and are from a special type of Oolong known for its highly distinctive natural aroma that mimics certain flower or fruit aroma. Believed to be the ancestor of all Oolong teas, it’s well-known for its ten aromatic categories and its rich and complex flavor. 
Temperature: 205° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma is sweet with notes of fig, apricot, aged wood and a hint of dried flowers.

The golden amber liquor has a rich aroma of baked fruit, honey, and a hint of rice-like starch.  The taste is floral with a hint of honey and a light touch of astringency.

I started out with a higher water temperature than I usually prefer when cupping oolong and the results were pleasantly surprising, full-flavored with no unpleasant sharpness in flavor or aroma.  Sweetness had developed by the third (my favorite) infusion.  Overall, this was a very pleasant brewing session.

This tea was purchased by me.

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