Bouquet 2020 Spring Dancong Wulong Huangpian



This budget Dancong is ideal for casual sessions, cold brewing or throwing in a thermos. Made from huangpian (yellow leaves) of higher end teas that are sorted out after the initial charcoal roast, this tea offers a great balance of flavour and affordability.

Just as with puer, the older Dancong leaves are sorted out after the initial roast. This is partly due the yellower and stiffer appearance, but also as they tend to have a more subdued flavour, although with more sweetness. This year’s version leans towards a slightly more roasted flavour than 2019’s floral profile.

While they call this sorted tea “lao cha tou” in Chaozhou, it’s not the same as puer lao cha tou, which is a byproduct of shou puer production. This tea is instead similar to puer’s huangpian. And just like puer huangpian, this tea performs similarly, with an overall less complex character, but high sweetness, smooth taste, and gentle minerality.

As these sorted leaves tend to only be available in smaller quantities, this tea is actually a blend of several varietals. This means it won’t reflect the specific characters of any one varietal, but is much more dynamic than it should be.

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


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