The leaf of this Mi Lan Xiang AA 2017 is a bit larger than some of our recent dan cong harvests, and the color of the leaf is less mottled with the light patches and interesting color variation that one often sees in a dan cong. The dark coloration that does exist in the leaf is due to a short, additional roasting, which provides the finished leaf with an austere quality, similar to that of a good yan cha.
What captured our attention, though, was the intensity of sweet flavor in the tea liquor. It stood up loud and clear to the roasting, and revealed a splendid dan cong floral aroma, too. This tea is a happy marriage of charcoal roasting and floral elegance – wood and flower.
Overall, this tea has a big personality, and for those who find dan congs too floral (and prefer a more masculine yan cha instead), this may be your perfect dan cong. Conversely, if you find the roast style a bit too dominant for your taste, just put the tea on a plate and leave it open to the air for a few hours. Then fluff the leaves to turn them, and air them out for a little more time. As with any roasted tea, the high points of aroma from the charcoal will soften with time and exposure to air.
We believe this dan cong leaf will age beautifully and gracefully. Consider putting some aside for an important celebration, or just future tea drinking enjoyment.