Wow! This Phoenix Oolong (Dan Cong Mi Lan Xiang) from Zhong Guo Cha is simply amazing. This was a sample sent to me by the owner and it doesn’t disappoint in any way except the fact that I need more… much, much more of it. This tea has gone from a small sample to the tops of my personal favorite list all in the first brewing. It has the amazing vegetal hints that I cherish in greens, and then a flavor that captures every quality I love: Sweetness, vegetal, light, smooth, and even a hint of almond to finish it off.
I was recently looking to sell my soul for some more Shui Xian that I tried from a friend which came from Singapore and of course is impossible to get a hold of… but my soul may be safe now that this tea is in my cup and quite available. Saved.
Update: After more time with this tea and further brewing it does also have a wonderful citrus note that can be picked up subtly. Also that “smooth” taste I mentioned could also be described as a little “woody” which is a good thing. It may have been somethng I had eaten changing my palate during the first brewing that kept me from noticing the presence of citrus but it is certainly there and very light which is nicely refreshing.