Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Lahloo
This spectacular fragrant Mi Lan Xiang oolong tea is the work of a true tea master! The beautifully twisted leaves make a fragrant and delicious afternoon tea.
♥ Sensationally sophisticated rejuvenation!
♥ Orange blossom honey, apricot, grapefruit
The dry leaf has a lovely aroma. It is floral with a distant fruit note, and also an underlying musky/earthy fragrance. The brewing process brings the fruit note into focus, and makes the act of inhaling the scent of the tea just before taking a sip almost as enjoyable as the sip itself.
The flavor is delightful – there is a nice fruit taste to it. I can taste the grapefruit and apricot notes as mentioned in the company description of this tea, and the way the sweet and tart meld together here is a very nice experience for the palate. There is a hint of a honey note which gives it a delicious sweetness.
Some of the earthy notes that I detected in the aroma are also presenting themselves in the taste, it isn’t a strong earthy quality, but more of a wood/musk/earth note that offers a nice contrast to the sweeter flavors of the cup.
This has a lighter mouthfeel than many Oolongs that I’ve tried, but, it is nonetheless enjoyable. It is smooth and reminds me a bit of chiffon – it has a lightness to it that is almost “airy” which is quite unusual for a mouthfeel – and even more unusual, perhaps, for an Oolong. But I think that is one of the things that I enjoy most about it is that it is so *different.*
This is a tea that should be consumed hot without sweetener (I think that sweetener would really overwhelm the flavors of this cup and you really don’t want to do that!)
This tea has a very autumnal feel to it – maybe it’s the amber color of the liquor, or maybe it is the earthy quality to the taste, but, it has a very comforting essence to it that reminds me of autumn. It is a fantastic Oolong – one that I would recommend to Oolong enthusiasts!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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