"King of Duck Shit Aroma" Dan Cong Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves
Astringent, Metallic, Roasted, Bitter, Earth, Milk, Sweet
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190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 90 ml

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Ya Shi Xiang Dan Cong (aka Duck Shit Aroma) is a rare Dan Cong varietal grown in and around Ping Keng Tou village in the Phoenix Mountains outside of Chaozhou in Guangdong Province. The tea bushes from which our King of Duck Shit Aroma are more than 80 years old growing naturally!

It’s called “duck shit aroma” because in the Ping Keng Tou village area the soil has a somewhat yellow brown look to it and is unique to that area. With all teas the soil type is a key element in the tea’s taste. Villagers wanting to guard the uniqueness of their tea bushes told outsiders that the color and uniqueness of the soil in their village was due to copious amounts of duck shit and began to call the their Dan Cong “duck shit aroma”. True or not it’s an entertaining story which reveals why the tea has such a gross name.

The tea itself is lightly oxidized and the leaves are still mostly green in color. The brewed tea is highly aromatic with flower, honey and longan notes. The mouthfeel is delicate and soothing with a taste that perfectly balances sweet, bitter, and astringent notes, none of which are overpowering.

This offering is literally the “King of Duck Shit Aroma” Dan Cong. Strong taste and aroma… thick and sweet with notes of longan. Can be infused 10+ times! I have not tasted a better version of this tea than this one!

Elevation: 850 meters


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Harvest & Year: Spring 2020

Flavors: Astringent, Metallic, Roasted

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Pretty good, but I found it a little lacking in complexity compared to other similar teas. It is well-balanced, with some sweetness and astringency joined by a strong, savoury flavour that’s sort of bitter and sort of earthy. The initial taste has a note that almost reminds me of shou, though it fades quickly, and the tea is recognizably a dan cong oolong. It resteeps many times without losing flavour. The leaves I tried were from the spring 2020 harvest.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Earth, Milk, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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