鸭屎香: highly aromatic, floral, notes of longan and honey orchid
Duck Shit Dancong, also known as Ya Shi Xiang, hails from the Phoenix Mountain region in Guangdong Province, also categorized as a variety of Phoenix (Feng Huang) Dancong. This tea type stands as a prominent representative of Guangdong Oolongs, produced in Wudong, Phoenix Mountain, Chaozhou City. The environment of Phoenix Mountain is characterized by its warm and humid climate, receiving plentiful rainfall, boasting fertile soil, and maintaining an average annual temperature of around 20°C. The soil here is naturally rich in organic matter and a variety of trace elements, which are very conducive to the development of tea trees and the formation of tea polyphenols and aromatic substances. Our carefully selected Dancong teas are cultivated on mountain slopes at an altitude of about 1,000 meters. The Duck Shit Dancong variety that we have chosen exhibits a unique and enduring aroma reminiscent of longan and honey orchids, with its notes interwoven in a captivating and intricate flavor profile.
The name of Duck Shit Dancong, as you can see, is eyebrow-raising (NOTE: the tea has NOTHING to do with either “duck” or “shit”). According to the legend, a farmer happened to discover an exceptional tea tree variety. Recognizing its remarkable quality, he sought to keep it a secret and prevent others from copying his cultivation methods. To deter potential tea thieves, he cleverly advertised his plant as “duck shit” to neighboring farmers, and so it is.
When brewed, the infused leaves and the resulting amber-yellow liquor give off a savory fragrance of flower and fruits, intertwining with the inherent herbal essence of the tea leaves. Surprisingly, the taste of the tea is neither overly floral nor fruity. Instead, as the liquid touches your palate, it imparts an initial smoky robustness, which is followed by a complexity of flavors reminiscent of longan and honey orchids, gradually revealing their intricacies and richness on your taste buds.
Style: Fenghuan Dancong
Cultivar: Ya Shi Xiang
Tea farm location: Phoenix Mountain, Wudong