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Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

This sweet, honeyed oolong tea is bursting with floral flavour
Phoenix Honey Orchid, also known as Mi Lan Dan Cong, is the champagne of oolong tea: ripe with intense fruit and sweetness. The first time people taste this tea they are astonished by the arresting honey and floral notes - all completely natural. The tender leaves are thoroughly fermented and baked to produce a rich liquor bursting with peach, lychee, honey and orchid flavours. Grown on the lower slopes of Wu Dong Mountain, Chao Zhou, this high-grade Chinese tea can be enjoyed through multiple infusions.

Winner of the Beverage Standards Association Best Tea Award 2013.

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Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

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  • Loose leaf Mi Lan Dan Cong.  Tender, soft but thick.
  • Mi Lan Dan Cong loose leaf tea from Wudong Shan, Chao Zhou, Guangdong province.
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Lovely tea

5

/ 5

Beautiful tea and great service

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Best Oolong Ever!

5

/ 5

I have never tried any Dan Cong tea before. Received a sample from Canton with my first order. WOW! What a pleasant surprise! It smells and tastes just like the combination of my 2 favourite teas : Oriental Beauty and Da Hong Pao. I am going to order more and buy another Yixing teapot for it! Thank you Canton for making this tea available!

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

excellent oolong

5

/ 5

nice supple floral flavour capped with notes of honey. I enjoy both in the morning and evening.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

beutifully delicate balance

5

/ 5

Mi lan Dan cong, probably my favourite tea EVER. It's light, delicate, fruity 'n' floral. One sip and you'll be hooked. You will not be disappointed.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Intensely Floral

5

/ 5

Of the twenty or so teas I have ordered from CTC, this is one of the best, and very good value. It has a huge, sweet, floral flavour and a pleasant long aftertaste. Particularly good as a companion to long bouts of reading.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

My all time favourite!

5

/ 5

My all time favourite! Such a pleasing taste with so many nuances. It always picks me up. I can drink this tea any time of the day: it never gets old ;-)

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

An enjoyable darker oolong

4

/ 5

I bought this because of lack of Big Red Robe - my normal everyday tea - at both my usual merchants. It's a nice alternative with many of the same characteristics but lighter floral tones. I'm most of the way through my 250g bag, and the Canton product compares favourably with my previous Phoenix Honey Orchid experiences, and was good value at the discounted offer price. I would say that it seems to need a little more care in brewing than some oolongs - brewed a bit too long it develops a fairly horrible aftertaste.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

100% Satisfaction

5

/ 5

Whilst ordering a batch of tea i decided to pick one from the Staff Favorites to add to my order. I picked Mi Lan Dan Cong and am thrilled that i did. It smells delicious, tastes delicious and the aftertaste lingers long enough for a sense of satisfaction. The Honey in it's name comes through in the aroma but mainly as if it magically coats your mouth in honey with each sip / mouthful. I am very happy with this tea and will recommended it to all my friends. Thankyou Canton Tea and Good Choice Alice for having this as your Staff Favorite.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Wonderful taste and aroma

5

/ 5

Pleasantly strong Lychee taste on the tongue. The honey becomes stronger with successive steepings. A lovely tea and one of my first oolongs.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Excellent!

5

/ 5

I received this tea as part of Canton's tea club and I instantly loved it!I a no tea connoisseur so I cannot talk about what notes it has etc.. All I know is, it is smooth and has a lovely flavour. Great brew!

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

A great tea!

5

/ 5

With its distinctive honey and lychee flavours this tea has become a favourite of mine. It lingers on the palate for a long time, urging you to have cup after cup, refreshing the experience. Highly recommended!

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Peaches and Honey

5

/ 5

When I opened the package I was hit by the most amazing smell of peaches, mango and honey. I brewed it reasonably cool and the flavour is beautiful; each infusion loses a little of the floral quality but not the fruity sweetness. My first Dan Cong, but certainly not my last.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

i loved it

5

/ 5

a very good oolong tea. It has a sweet, delicate taste that remain in your mouth for a long time. you have to try it!

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

My absolutely favourite tea (oolong or otherwise).

5

/ 5

Imagine dipping almonds in honey, roasting it. That's the main flavor.
Occasionally, you get really light tones of lemon-ey chocolate and what I can only describe as maple syrup
The tea itself is extremely buttery - and not the usual buttery that starts to taste stale after a while, but really smooth.

The honey-roasted/burnt-honey smell sticks around for quite a while after the tea's gone, really rounds up the experience.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Gorgeous unique sweet tasting tea

5

/ 5

I understand why they call this the champaigne of oolongs.... a simply gorgeous sweet tasting tea that has a unique flavour!

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Awesome stuff - a revelation

5

/ 5

My favourite Canton Tea Co tea so far. The leaves give off a powerful aroma of honey and tropical fruit and flowers as soon as they hit the warmed pot. The sweet, peachy aromas and taste are extraodrinarily delicious, and linger for ages, making me want cup after cup. And they keep coming and coming from the same leaves, getting a litle less floral each time , but no losing sweetness. Hard to believe there is just tea in there. Best brewed coolish IMHO (80 - 85) , to prevent other flavours becoming dominant over the floral/honey flavours.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Fruity, rich and simply delicious

5

/ 5

This is by far my favorite Oolong todate. The aromas when first infusing are full of peach, melon, honey and other exotic fruits which is carried over to the palate when drinking. Underneath and perfectly balanced with the fruiteness are deeper, smokier notes which make this tea complex and a delight to sip and discover. it has taken me some experimentation with infusion timings and temperature to get the best of this for my taste and palate and I find that shorter brewing times - 20 seconds or so - at higer temperatures suit me best.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

fruit-burst delight

4

/ 5

(Spring 2011 harvest) This isn't fruit infused, but if I had not prepared it myself, that would have been my impression. The dry leaves are black, and the liquor has a light caramel appearance, but the aromas (both of dry leaves and the infusion) are pure fruit: overripe apricots, papaya, perhaps litchi, maybe a hint of smoke underneath. If gently brewed this follows through on the palate. Quite forgiving of a wide range of temperatures and steeping time, I like to make this in a small clay pot, gongfu style. Rather expressive now, this tea should remain flavourful for many months.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

This is pretty much my favourite tea

5

/ 5

This tea comes pretty much at the top of my list of favourite teas. It has a wonderfully fruity flavour which sets it completely apart from other Oolongs which I have tried. It is unique and beautiful.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Definitely puts the Oooooh into Oolong

5

/ 5

"put simply, this has a flavor that keeps you sipping. That is to say, my cup is now empty and I need to infuse the leaves again in order to compose the right words to describe this tea. It is so good that I finished the cup before I could start writing about it...."

To read the full review, visit the Sororitea Sisters blog: http://sororiteasisters.com/2011/11/10/mi-lan-dan-cong-tea-from-canton-tea-co/

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Sweet and fruity...true to its kind!

5

/ 5

This Canton Tea is a fine example of a Phoenix Honey Dan Cong. It is sweet and fruity, as are the best of its kind. This tea is capable of multiple infusions, so it is priced very well for such a high quality tea. I highly recommend this very flavorful tea!

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

A fine example of a commercial Dan Cong

4

/ 5

"This is a fine example of a commercial Dan Cong and a great place to start if you’re new to the DC world. It’s easily one of the best commercial-grade ones I’ve ever had. It shows off the depth and character of the leaf well, yet it isn’t too overly complicated."

For the full review go to:
http://www.teaviews.com/2011/01/27/review-canton-tea-co-mi-lan-dan-cong-oolong-4/

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

A most intriguing tea

5

/ 5

"This is hands-down the most intriguing tea I have had in a very long while, and I am already craving my next cup of this tea. Anyone looking for an oolong that is anything from mundane needs to look no further..."

For the full review:
http://www.teaviews.com/2010/08/26/review-canton-tea-co-mi-lan-dan-cong-oolong/

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

Burnt sugar, apricot and lychee

5

/ 5

"...this tea begs for quiet contemplation to pick apart the layers. I am to pick up burnt sugar, apricot and lychee. There is an enjoyable aftertaste that lingers that almost reminds me of honeydew melon."

For the full review:
http://www.teaviews.com/2010/10/24/review-canton-tea-co-mi-lan-dan-cong-oolong-3/

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

I can see why it would be called honey orchid!

5

/ 5

This tea is one of the most interesting teas I've tried in sometime, very original for an oolong I thought. Sometimes oolongs can all start to taste pretty similar to me ( and I love them ) but this one stands alone, at least among the many teas I've tried. Very sweet and complex, honey, floral and peach or some kind of stone fruit in there. I would definitely recommend at least trying this if you're on the fence, esp. at this price for this quality of tea.

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

I had to force myself to drink the first steeping slowly. It was so tasty that I wanted to keep on drinking it.

4

/ 5

First impressions of this tea upon opening the package: It smells old, and it smells like lemon. Not a bad old, but just…aged. There was also a bit of honey in the smell.

When I poured the water over the leaves, there was a really strong smell of flowers, but not an overwhelming smell.

Steeped according to the directions on the website: 1 tbs of leaves per cup of water for about two minutes.

After a couple minutes, I started to notice a deeper oolong smell to the steeping tea. Deep and rich, it smelled wonderful.

My first of this tea was delightful. I felt like my mouth was filled with flowers but not in a bad way at all. Delicious and smooth, I enjoyed how light it felt on my tongue. Then I swallowed the tea and encountered a whole different side. The aftertaste was completely oolong, no more flowers. The oolong flavour was rich and deep, and perhaps even a tad rough (something I am sure that will smooth out after a few steepings).

I had to force myself to drink the first steeping slowly. It was so tasty that I wanted to keep on drinking it.

The second steeping tasted much like the first, but sooo much smoother. There was a definite developed sweetness to the tea as well.

This is a great tea for people who want to start drinking oolongs, but are used to the light sweetness of floral green and white teas. I was a little disappointed that this tea did not live up to much of the hype I have heard surrounding Dan Cong oolongs. Regardless of this, I really enjoyed the experience of drinking this tea and give it a 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.

See More reviews on Canton Tea Products at: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/category/tea-companies/canton-tea-co-tea-companies/

Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)
Rated 5/5 based on 26 reviews

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PROCESSING
The processing of Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong) involves the withered leaves being placed on a wide circular bamboo tray, and turned over very gently to bruise the edges of the leaves, and begin oxidation. Depending on the variety of Dan Cong, the amount of oxidation will be different. To stop oxidation the leaves are heated, then rolled and baked to produce the maocha. This then undergoes a final clean and charcoal bake.

DEFINITIONS
‘Mi Lan’ translates roughly as ‘Honey Orchid’, a reflection on the flavour of this fantastic oolong. ‘Dan Cong’ does not have a simple English equivalent. It is generally translated as ‘Single Bush’ or ‘Single Trunk’. Due to this there is a huge debate around the way that Dan Cong is produced – if the tea is called ‘Single Bush’, does it have to trace back to one single tree to be authentic? If you are interested in the heated debate this definition causes, read more about it on the blog.

Mi Lan has been a staple at Canton since the beginning, and it remains an absolute staff favourite. Our Mi Lan comes from several trees, and is therefore technically ‘commercial grade’. However, this does not detract from its status as an artisan tea. Described by Rare Tea Hunter Phil Mumby as what he considers to be a genuine artisan tea, he introduced it as his favourite Canton product on the blog, and also shared this video that he made during his visit to Fenghuang.

Other Names - Mi Lan Dan Cong, Feng Huang Dan Cong Tea, Dragon Phoenix, Fenghuang Dan Cong, Shui Xian (nb not Wuyi Shui Xian)

Chinese Name Mi Lan Dan Cong 蜜兰单丛
English Pronunciation mee lan dan song
Country China
Origin Daan VIllage, Wudong Shan, Chao Zhou, Guangdong province
Tea Farm Cao Zhide
Plantation Altitude 600m
Leaf Appearance Tender, soft but thick.
Aroma Delicate sweet honey like fragrance
Liquor Lightly green/reddish color with a excellent clarity
Tasting Notes Honey and lychee
Quick Brewing Instructions 1 tbs per cup (200ml); water temperature 90°C (194°F); infuse 2 mins. For best results use plenty of tea in a gaiwan and make several quick infusions.

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