This dark oolong, grown among fruit trees, has a mysteriously sweet, fruity flavor comparable to grapefruit or apricot, though it is not a flavored tea. It was a top find on a more recent trip to China and is grown only in the Southeast Guangdong Province, in the valleys below the Phoenix Bird Mountain, Mount Feng Huang. From the variety of Dan Cong teas, we chose this Mi Lan (honey orchid) variety. This tea will warm you on the darkest nights and coldest winter days, and is the perfect company for sitting in front of a fire getting lost in a good book.
Ali Shan Jin Xuan
[ali shawn djin shwin] Milk Oolong
A special and highly treasured variety of the tea bush, harvested in the Ali Shan region above 1500m. Its rolled leaves produce a golden infusion with a delicious floral aroma and a uniquely creamy texture. The thick, buttery mouthfeel gives this tea its nickname, “Milk Oolong.” It carries the brightness of pine nuts and the sweetness of licorice and reminds the drinker of melting icicles and snow sliding off of a roof on a warm winter day.
Ali Shan Jin Xuan is sold in 50g packets for $25.00.
[woo long] Black Dragon
Dark green-brown leaves of various sizes, twisted into s-shapes, yield infusions of rich amber liquor, with a bittersweet taste that boasts of rye-bread or roasted nuts. An aroma and aftertaste of caramel soothes the palette and makes this tea a suitable accompaniment to desserts and snacks. Thick and filling, this Fujian classic is reputedly named “black dragon” because the opening leaves look like little dragons swimming in the pot.