This tea is grown from a bush that is over 300 years old. It is grown at an altitude of 1000 meters. This tea is known as having a sweet honeyed taste with a bold yet pleasant bitter aftertaste. As the tea is brewed, it begins to take on a more roasted flavor but it will still retain its delicate floral aroma.
My First Thoughts on Wudong Mi Lan Xiang
This tea is a little bit harder to put my finger on. It tastes very refreshing, with a slight bite at the end. I think of the three that I have tried so far, this one tastes the most like a traditional oolong to me. I find that the aftertaste of this one is the strongest. It also has a faint sweet honey taste to it. If I were to rate the three teas so far, I would say that this one is my third favorite. I didn’t have the amazing experience that I had with the other two, but nonetheless this is an excellent tea.
The structure of the tea itself is unique. The leaves are rolled into tight strips like the others, but the strips themselves are quite long. I am not used to seeing this in a tea and it is really cool. I unrolled the wet tea leaves and they are great, large, unbroken leaves. This usually means the tea is high quality and has retained a maximum amount of its natural flavor. When a leave gets broken down, it tends to loose a lot of its natural flavors. This is why I almost never drink bagged tea, because the leaves tend to not only be broken down and lose all of their natural oils, but they also tend to spend a lot of time in transit. This unfortunately causes the leaves to fuse with the flavor of the bag itself.
How Does Wudong Mi Lan Xiang Stack Up Against Other Oolongs?
After the third or fourth cup, this tea is starting to grow on me. This is definitely an oolong lover’s tea. I mentioned before that Xiong Di is for people who like green teas and scented teas and the Ba Xian is best for people who love black teas. I think this one sits somewhere in the middle. The wudong mi lan xiang has the quintessential oolong flavor down but it actually has a bit of a lighter note to it. It actually tastes a bit like an iron goddess of mercy that I had a few months ago. It is very light and refreshing and I look forward to drinking it more!