Emperor’s Delight 2021 Spring Gong Xiang Dancong Oolong



Have you ever smelled a flower and marveled to yourself how the scent created by a single piece of nature sprouting from the ground could be so perfect? How any human attempts to match this fall short?

Yes, we realize this sounds excessively floral (pun intended), but this is likely the closest a tea can get to that experience. Getting to that point requires a great amount of skill and precision though, and the processing for this Dancong is more difficult than other varietals. The oxidization levels have to be just right. Too light, and the floral notes are too weak. Too heavy, the fragrance is muddied, and not as clear or distilled as it should be.

Considered the most naturally floral varietal of Dancong, the ideal result is an elegant and long-lasting fragrance, which this tea most certainly has. As one would expect of a tea of this level, the material is charcoal roasted and comes from high altitude (1200m), old trees in Liziping village on Wudong mountain. The trees for this varietal grow quite tall and yield a relatively lower production amount, which make it a rarer offering.

The lighter roast of this tea emphasizes the unique and strong floral. Even though we now know what to expect, every time we’ve tasted this tea, it stops us in our tracks.
As for the name “贡香”, it would be expected to reference “imperial fragrance”, which was our first thought. However, the “gong” portion is actual a transliteration of a word in Chaozhou dialect meaning “high, outstanding, bold”, referring to the quality of the fragrance.

We strongly recommend this tea for those who have significant experience both drinking and brewing Dancong with consistent and good results. If you enjoy floral, light roasted Dancongs, this will make you happy.

If you are still getting acquainted with the various Dancong varietals or still getting the hang of brewing them properly (it can be tricky), then we recommend trying another floral variety like Yashi Xiang. This will allow you to develop your taste and hone your skills without spending more on teas that may not show their full potential.

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:

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2 reviews for Emperor’s Delight 2021 Spring Gong Xiang Dancong Oolong

  1. 5 out of 5


    This is floral, I cannot find any better word to describe. The fragrance starts from the first hit with hot water and goes along sipping from nose to throat. It’s bitter note is balanced with smooth body and sweet aftertaste that persists. It’s energy is definitely cool and awakening, lifts me up from turmoil of hot humid environment during summer time.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Deep, dark, fruity. A rich thickness fills the mouth and provides a strong (yet smooth) finish. Warming and wine-like, there’s a lot going on and I was best rewarded when using a lot of leaf. Don’t be shy to fill that gaiwan…The Emperor is feeling decadant!

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