Phoenix Honey Mi Lan Xiang
Wu Dong Mountain, in Guangdong Province, China, is beloved for its ancient terraced slopes and old, tree-sized tea plants that produce solely phoenix oolongs. This lot, made from the honey orchid (mi lan xiang) dancong varietal, hails from a small family farm.
The craftsmanship is apparent in the consistent-size leaves, which are harvested by hand in the spring, then partially oxidized and finely twisted before undergoing a months-long resting period and finally, a careful roasting. When infused, they unfolds with a rich, citric fragrance; the focused, floral-woody flavor has refreshing notes of green melon that linger long after sipping.
Prepare with water just off a boil, as the producer does, or experiment with a slightly lower temperature (~190° F) if desired. Infuse the same leaves dozens of times to fully explore this exquisite tea.
Region: Guangdong Province
Tasting Notes: citrus, wood, green melon
Year of Production: Spring 2020