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