Plum Blossom Fragrance - Mi Lan Xiang

Aroma of plums, intoxicating flavors of fruit

Large trees that look very much like stone fruit trees line the mountainside. Six to 10-foot stone walls form terraces creating flat surfaces across the steep slope. Soils are a rich red color and clay-like. The morning fog is just beginning to lift and the height of these trees slowly becomes apparent. The lush green colors and large size of the tea leaves form an umbrella-like canopy. The trees that will yield Plum Blossom Fragrance (Mi Lan Xiang) are close to 200 years old. Harvesting of the leaves is done using ladders to protect the branches and gain access. After plucking, the leaves are sorted, withered, abraded and shaped, rested and oxidized; abraded again on bamboo mats breaking down leaf cells releasing juices (with steeping, notice the reddish coloration on the edges of the leaves) and lightly fired; then rested and further oxidized and after a time, fired once again to further develop aromas and flavors. The leaves may be worked again, then finally fired at high temperature over wood charcoal locking in its enduring flavors. Lot was made in 2020.

Lot Notes. Over the years, the tea maker has shown a skill in crafting elegant flavors in his various Dan Cong style oolongs and this flavor in particular. As well, his Mi Lan Xiang cultivar has won awards both China-side and in the U.S. In tasting this year's lot, we noted its high aroma and its clean sweet notes. Based on taste of the 2nd and 3rd cuppings - both offering a growing mouth feel, complex flavors and an uplifting finish, the choice was clear.

Tea Facts. A Fenghuang area varietal, of Chaoan County, it grows at an elevation of approximately 1600+ meters. Contrasting temperatures – sunny warm by day, followed by mists and colder nights, are one factor that serves to form and clarify its taste. Additionally, this oolong was harvested from an older tree with roots reaching deep into the mineral-rich soils and fresh sub-surface springs of WuDong Mountain. Firing the leaves at just the right moment seals in its rich tastes - creating a tea that is rich, complex and, by some accounts, intoxicating. These leaves will steep 5 to 7 times exemplifying the depth of the flavors the terroir develops and the tea maker then shapes.

Tasting Notes. Fruit-sweet flavors come to mind. Hints of peach in the aroma; plum in the cup. Stone-fruit like, its sweetness is natural and complex. By the 2nd steep, the leaves are opening and releasing flavors of fruit, almonds, wet and rich. Two firings over wood charcoal ovens have locked in multilayered flavors that will linger long after tasting. The strength of the leaf and its depth of taste will yield 5 to 7 steeps. Lot #8.

Brewing Suggestions. Use 3-4 grams of leaves for 8-12 ounces of water. Boiling water is best, briefly rinse the leaves and pour off to "awaken" the leaf. Try a two-minute steep time and see if you enjoy the taste. We recommend to not leave the leaf in water as the tea will over-steep. It also preserves the flavors in the leaves for additional steeps. First steep is known for aroma, 2nd & 3rd steeps bring out additional tastes. Multiple steeps, 4-7 times, are there to enjoy.

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  • 5
    Excellent tea

    Posted by Sergii Bogomaziuk on 3rd Apr 2021

    Excellent tea...if you are doing it the right way. True to its description.

  • 5
    Very good tea!

    Posted by Dinara Tashniyazova on 26th Feb 2021

    I love this tea. After a very long break, I am finally returning to tea and after several months of drinking wonderful black teas from Silk Road, I finally decided to move to oolongs. This is the first one I am trying and I just love it. The fragrance is very rich and intoxicating to me and I have infused it 10-12 times gongfu style and it still keeps on going. Very pleased and highly recommend it. Feel grateful to be able to buy this from Silk Road!

  • 5
    Good flavor

    Posted by Erik on 14th Oct 2019

    Smooth taste that has an unsweetened plum flavor. It's hard to steep this one wrong, it's very forgiving for leaf quantity and steep time.

  • 5
    Plum fragrance Mi Lan Xiang

    Posted by STEVE ALLMAN on 26th Dec 2018

    In the past year I have purchased Mi Lan Xiang from several vendors. This one by far is the best. It reminds me of my first Mi lan Xiang experience many years ago and i have been trying to find one that cames close ever since. This is "The One".

  • 5
    A very smooth plum flavor. The plum like flavor stays with you even after you finish your cup of tea.

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Mar 2016

    This is a delicious tea! I highly recommend it!

  • 5
    Astonishingly good

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Dec 2015

    The first cup of this tea was revelatory, from the slow emergence of a warn plum-like taste through the rainbow of subtle notes that remained long after the sipping had finished.

  • 5
    Tasted this after it arrived and went to bed dreaming about it

    Posted by Christina Ruda on 4th Dec 2015

    This tea is great. I don't know if I am preparing it 'properly' or not, but I certainly got the lovely scent and taste and saw the pretty red coloration on the unfurled leaves. It is indeed intoxicating in its own way. The second steep is the best in my opinion. The aroma is just incredible, like fruit and forest honey. Please don't ruin this tea with a sweetener, you might miss out. Enjoy it as it is prepared with hot spring water. You won't be disappointed.

  • 4
    Lightly sweet with great taste.

    Posted by Gary Bennett on 7th Jul 2015

    I enjoy this tea straight or with honey. It is slightly sweet. I tend to steep for shorter times (20 seconds or so to start) and this tea steeps well when accidentally forgotten for a short time. It does not become too bitter.

  • 4
    Totally enjoyable tea.

    Posted by R.W.K on 20th Oct 2014

    I generally have been drinking green tea over the last few years (Japanese mostly & some Chinese) but do branch out to Oolongs etc. Mi Lan Xiang is just an wonderfully enjoyable tea.! It has a light floral nose.. and a pleasant sweetness to ward the front and back sides of the tongue.. I heated the water to 185 degress. Worth the $. When I first stated doing tea i had to learn that sweet does not mean candy a-- sweet..I like this tea