Praise Bee 2023 Spring Milan Xiang Dancong Oolong



As a varietal, “Milan Xiang” really doesn’t pull any punches, translating to “honey orchid fragrance”. This tea exhibits just that, with a consistent honey flavour and sweetness, along with complementary floral notes. While our 2022 version exhibited some fruitiness, we found this aspect still detectable, but a little more subdued this year.

Made from old bush, high mountain material from Da An (大庵), this tea is a good standard for what a higher end Dancong should be. There is a smooth and full feeling in the mouth, as well as a strong huigan/lasting sweetness.

Typical for the varietal, this tea is also one of our higher roasted dancongs this year, having undergone multiple traditional charcoal roastings. This method of roasting lends a somewhat elusive quality to the tea that is often compared to Yanyun. While this quality is without a fixed definition, the oversimplified way of describing the effect of traditional processing is that it creates a more dynamic taste and fragrance, as well as deepens the energy/chaqi of the tea.

Please note that the 250g size does not include a tin.


We recommend brewing this tea using Chaozhou style gongfu brewing. Here’s how it’s done:

For something different, you can also try cold brewing:

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1 review for Praise Bee 2023 Spring Milan Xiang Dancong Oolong

  1. 5 out of 5

    gyokuro (verified owner)

    The star of this year’s dan cong selection to my taste buds, but i’m heavily biased in this for my love of toastier tea.
    It has a fragrant taste that reminds me both of aromatic hops and a bright honey, and is rounded out by a slick roasty taste that brings a juicy fullness and coats the cheeks and back of the tongue.
    Sports a great texture with a slight sparkling minerality on the tongue and a wonderful fresh feeling that comes up from the throat upon exhale.
    This tea brings a wonderful calm and goes for many steeps. I find it’s most balanced starting with ~195°f and increasing temp after a few steeps.

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