Hey y’all. I have heard and read about Mi Lan Xiang Honey Orchid Oolong long ago and I finally got around to trying it and let me tell you, this tea blew me away! I had been wanting to try it for a long time but it is not the cheapest and I would have had to pay a lot for shipping on top of it. Enter Path of Cha, a new tea company that I have never ordered from before. I am impressed with them and will tell you more about them below. But first, the tea! Also, I got a new scale for Father’s Day and I go to use it for the first time here too.
I brewed it exactly like the instructions said to do. My gaiwan is 100ml so I used 6 grams and heated my kettle to 200F (closest I can get it to 195) and got to brewing. 5 seconds for the first infusion, which is the shortest I have done yet, and 5 more for each infusion after that. The dy leaves had a sweet and woody aroma to them, which was pleasant.
I took one sip of this beautiful liquor and knew I had found something special. The texture is so smooth, the taste is sweet and buttery. I kept expecting that hit of bitterness or astringency in the back of my throat, but it never came. This tea went down smooth as butter and it coated my throat like medicine, but it tasted amazing. I’ve never tasted a tea that was that silky smooth and buttery like that before and now I’m worried that I’ve kind of spoiled myself. We’ll see, hopefully not though (fingers crossed).
I went for a total of 8 infusions, and honestly, it had more to give. I don’t know how far I could have gone, but I had to call it after 8. You can see the leaves aren’t fully opened yet. In my limited experience, I would say these are the markings of a high qualify leaf, but I am far from an expert. On the third infusion, I really started to notice a fruity note, like a baked or cooked fruit. Fourth infusion was mostly sweet. Fifth infusion was mostly buttery. Sixth infusion had notes of cooked fruit and butter. This is also where I really noticed that the texture seemed to get even thicker as the liquor cooled down. So the second half of the infusion was noticeably thicker than the first, which was already like cough medicine (but delicious). All I noted on the 7th infusion was “still SO good” I have run out of words to describe it, so I will just leave it at that.
The Price on this tea is $9.00 for 1 oz. (28 grams). 6 grams per session, makes 4 or 5 sessions, call it 4 to be conservative, which comes to $2.25 per session. At least 8 infusions per session comes to $.28 per cup. That’s 28 cents per cup. Absolutely worth that. It’s not the cheapest tea, but certainly not too much for what you get. No other beverage in the world can make you feel this way and be incredibly healthy for you, as all tea is, for $.28 a cup. Nothing.
Now, as promised, a note about Path of Cha. I only found out about this company because they are active on social media in the tea world. I saw where they were having a Father’s Day sale and everything was 15% off so I thought I would take a look. So I see that they offer several teas for sale, but they also have a very good shipping policy. Most sites have shipping costs that average around $9 for domestic and offer free shipping for orders over $50 or $75. I don’t know about you, but $75 is a LOT to spend on tea at one time for me. So what sold me on PofC was their standard shipping rate of $3.95 and free shipping for all orders over $25! I can definitely do $25. So that’s what I did.
On top of the shipping being free, it came very fast. I ordered on Friday and my tea arrived on Monday. And it came with a hand-written note, which I thought was a really nice touch. I am very impressed with them so far, both as a company from a customer service standpoint and I am impressed with the tea quality. They have been in communication with me after the sale as well to ensure that I enjoyed their tea.
I have yet to try a Liu An Gua Pian Melon Seed Green, so I suspect that post will be coming soon. Cheers.