As mentioned in previous articles, there are a lot of tea blends on the market where the tea company buyers go to tea auctions, buy up huge lots of leaves, and then blend them together in their factories using big machines. These are labeled as “black tea,” “green tea,” “oolong tea,” etc., and you’re left to guess what you’re actually getting. Some vendors, like us, deal more directly so we know what we’re getting. Then, we label the teas accordingly, and make sure you know what you’re getting. This is one such tea, sourced directly from tea farmers living on Mt Wudong.
The tea name tells you this is Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid), a high-mountain tea with a honey and floral aroma and taste plus a delicate and sweet note, with a pleasantly sweet and long-lasting aftertaste. It also says this is a Dancong Oolong tea, famous for their floral fragrance and long-lasting sweetness and having thick mouthfeel that is highly sought-after by many tea connoisseurs. That and the high number of infusions you can get from the leaves make this tea exceptional.
You can store this tea at normal temperature for a long time and enjoy its reported medicinal qualities, just like the people where the tea is grown who drink it frequently.
Take a look at the highly roasted leaves, which are mostly whole, showing the care taken during processing by a true tea master:
After several steepings, the leaves are fit for several more: