Hey there Teacups! It’s time for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around I’m going to be reviewing Wudong Tea’s Fen Huang Mi Lan Xiang. You all know I’ve loved every single tea I’ve tried from Wudong and as a result each time I get to try a new one I’m always excited to see if it’s as good as the rest. This is the last of the teas that I was very kindly sent by Wudong Tea but it definitely won’t be the last one that I try, I’ll be ordering some others as soon as I get the chance.
Origin: Fenghuang Mountain, Chaozhou, Guangdong Province
Tea Master: Song Lin
Harvested: 2017 Spring
Picking Standard: Two – Three half matured leaves
Shape: Tight, Lightly Twisted, Stick Shape.
Floral – Slight Sweet – Vegetal – Fruity
One thing you are almost always certain to get with tea from Wudong is incredible dry leaf aromas each one of their teas that I’ve tried has had a beautiful aroma and that’s important to me. I would never judge a tea purely on it’s aroma, but it is still an important factor for me. I’m sure I’m not the only one that would be put off a tea if it’s aroma was horrible.
Tea Tasting Notes
I rinsed this for a few seconds and I’m so glad that I did because after that its aroma was magnified tenfold. It’s floral were much stronger than the dry leaf and the slight sweetness that I had noticed initially was also a lot stronger. The only thing it really lost after it’s rinse was the vegetal notes that the dry leaf had but never the less I was still excited to try it.
I’ve been trying something new recently and doing a run down of my steeps rather than an overall review. It just a much easier way of describing everything I experience with teas like these over multiple steeps than writing incredibly long paragraphs and having you guys get bored while you read. (If you guys have any feedback on this new way of doing things please let me know I would love to hear what you have to say)
Steep 1: 5 Secs | Light – Floral – Slightly Sweet – Clean – Clear – Bright – Refreshing
Steep 2: 10 secs | Much stronger vegetal notes but overall still quite sweet with a floral underpinning | Still a rather light and delicate tea – Not what I normally expect from Wudong.
Steep 3: 15 secs | Still quite vegetal and sweet but the floral notes all but disappeared in this steep luckily it was quite light overall, so it didn’t take much away from the tea or affect my enjoyment.
Steep 4: 20 secs | The sweetest and most vegetal of all the steeps so far, it was also the strongest in colour. There was a little bit of astringency creeping in with this steep though.
Steep 5: 25 secs | This still was still quite sweet – it lost it’s vegetal note and got a lot lighter but I did notice a floral kick in the aftertaste which made me very happy the floral note in the first two steeps was my favourite aspect.
Steep 6: 30 secs | This steep was pretty much exactly the same as steep 5 but the sweetness was a little more muted.
I had to stop this session at six steeps to do some things, but I did return to the leaves and do a subsequent seven steeps it lost all its best qualities in the last two steeps and I think if I had pushed it any further it would have been almost un-drinkable.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.5/5 | I decided to give this a 4.5 score as even though it was very tasty it just wasn’t as good as the rest of the teas that I’ve tried from Wudong and in that sense it did fall a bit flat for me.
You can find out more about Wudong Tea and Purchase this tea for yourself here. As always if you have any questions ta all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter/instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Sunday. Happy Steeping! – Kimberley