The Phoenix is a central character in Chinese mythology, embodying the feminine principle. Therefore, mentions of this miracle bird can be met everywhere. Of course, as tea is such an important theme in China, the cult of the Phoenix was of course reflected here. The Dragon and the Phoenix are often depicted together, and during the time of imperial dynasties reign, they symbolized the emperor and his wife. The variety got this name because the Chinese believe that this is how the eyes of a mythical bird may look.
For the production of Moli Feng Yan, only the upper leaves are picked from the tea bush, and then they are twisted into small bundles, sometimes intertwined with Jasmine flowers. But even still, this tea acquires its unique Jasmine flavor the tea during the drying process, in which Jasmine flowers are laid out next to the tea leaves. Usually, this not only includes Jasmine. Lilies and some other flowers are used to flavor this variety. Thus, the tea leaves absorb the fragrance of each flower.