Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong)

This sweet, honeyed oolong tea is bursting with floral flavour.
Loose leaf Mi Lan Dan Cong.  Tender, soft but thick.
Mi Lan Dan Cong loose leaf tea from Wudong Shan, Chao Zhou, Guangdong province.
Loose tea packaging options.

Winner of the Beverage Standards Association Best Tea Award 2013.

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50g Foil Bag

51p per serving

2 x 50g Foil Bags

48p per serving

250g Foil Bag

48p per serving

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From £17.00 for 50g

*Based on a 3g serving, infused twice

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From £17.00 for 50g


Phoenix Honey Orchid, also known as Mi Lan Dan Cong, is the champagne of oolong tea: ripe with intense fruit and sweetness. The first time people taste this tea they are astonished by the arresting honey and floral notes - all completely natural. The tender leaves are thoroughly fermented and baked to produce a rich liquor bursting with peach, lychee, honey and orchid flavours. Grown on the lower slopes of Wu Dong Mountain, Chao Zhou, this high-grade Chinese tea can be enjoyed through multiple infusions.

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The processing of Phoenix Honey Orchid (Mi Lan Dan Cong) involves the withered leaves being placed on a wide circular bamboo tray, and turned over very gently to bruise the edges of the leaves, and begin oxidation. Depending on the variety of Dan Cong, the amount of oxidation will be different. To stop oxidation the leaves are heated, then rolled and baked to produce the maocha. This then undergoes a final clean and charcoal bake.

‘Mi Lan’ translates roughly as ‘Honey Orchid’, a reflection on the flavour of this fantastic oolong. ‘Dan Cong’ does not have a simple English equivalent. It is generally translated as ‘Single Bush’ or ‘Single Trunk’. Due to this there is a huge debate around the way that Dan Cong is produced – if the tea is called ‘Single Bush’, does it have to trace back to one single tree to be authentic? If you are interested in the heated debate this definition causes, read more about it on the blog.

Mi Lan has been a staple at Canton since the beginning, and it remains an absolute staff favourite. Our Mi Lan comes from several trees, and is therefore technically ‘commercial grade’. However, this does not detract from its status as an artisan tea. Described by Rare Tea Hunter Phil Mumby as what he considers to be a genuine artisan tea, he introduced it as his favourite Canton product on the blog, and also shared this video that he made during his visit to Fenghuang.

Other Names - Mi Lan Dan Cong, Feng Huang Dan Cong Tea, Dragon Phoenix, Fenghuang Dan Cong, Shui Xian (nb not Wuyi Shui Xian)

Additional Information

Chinese Name Mi Lan Dan Cong 蜜兰单丛
English Pronunciation mee lan dan song
Country China
Origin Daan VIllage, Wudong Shan, Chao Zhou, Guangdong province
Tea Farm Cao Zhide
Plantation Altitude 600m
Harvest Date Spring 2016
Leaf Appearance Tender, soft but thick.
Aroma Delicate sweet honey like fragrance
Liquor Lightly green/reddish color with a excellent clarity
Tasting Notes Honey and lychee
Quick Brewing Instructions 1 tbsp, 90°C, 250 ml, 2 mins. Or for best results, brew gong fu style.


  • Lovely tea

    by K-tea on 2nd of February

    Beautiful tea and great service

  • Best Oolong Ever!

    by Oliver on 8th of December

    I have never tried any Dan Cong tea before. Received a sample from Canton with my first order. WOW! What a pleasant surprise! It smells and tastes just like the combination of my 2 favourite teas : Oriental Beauty and Da Hong Pao. I am going to order more and buy another Yixing teapot for it! Thank you Canton for making this tea available!

  • excellent oolong

    by Roman on 1st of June

    nice supple floral flavour capped with notes of honey. I enjoy both in the morning and evening.

  • beutifully delicate balance

    by Steve on 23rd of February

    Mi lan Dan cong, probably my favourite tea EVER. It's light, delicate, fruity 'n' floral. One sip and you'll be hooked. You will not be disappointed.

  • Intensely Floral

    by TeaHeeHee on 6th of January

    Of the twenty or so teas I have ordered from CTC, this is one of the best, and very good value. It has a huge, sweet, floral flavour and a pleasant long aftertaste. Particularly good as a companion to long bouts of reading.


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