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This exceptional oolong tea is comprised of long, twisted deep greenish-black leaves with a tart, flowery aroma. When infused, it produces a beautifully clear light amber liquor with notes of tropical flowers and aromatic wood. The infusion is marked by vividly flowery and woody-sweet flavors against a mild but assertive bittersweet background with moderate astringency and a lingering orchidy-floral aftertaste.
This Mi Lan Dan Cong is comprised of long, beautifully twisted deep greenish-black leaves with a light aroma of toasted grain. When infused, the light amber liquor has, as the name "Mi Lan Xiang" (honey orchid aroma) suggests, an aroma reminiscent of honey and orchids. In the cup, the medium to full bodied infusion delivers bittersweet, woody, honey, floral, roasted grain and dried-fruit flavors against the backdrop of a pleasingly assertive but not biting astringency. The bittersweet, floral elements build steadily sip after sip into the gloriously long-lasting finish for which Fenghuang Oolongs are so prized.
The small, evenly sized, deep reddish-black dry leaves of this Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong) carry a moderate but distinctive aroma of pine smoke, due to its unique drying process that utilizes charcoal made from the wood of pine trees. The infusion is a perfectly clear, deep red-brown with a distinctively smoky and subtly fruity nose. In the cup, it presents an excellent balance between the very low astringency, fruity black tea base and the unmistakable smokiness that has made this tea a favorite in the West since the beginning of the black tea trade.
The dry leaves have a long, twisting shape and dark greenish red-brown color with a notably toasty aroma. The oxidation level is a bit lower than is traditional with a lot of the old-school Wuyi Oolongs, which produced a light brown sugar or dark honey-type sweetness in the finished tea. The infusion is clear amber with a rich, toasty-sweet aroma and medium to full body. The flavor is roasty and woody-sweet with an assertive tea taste and hints of cocoa, light brown sugar or dark honey and dried stonefruit in the finish.