Nightingale 2021 Spring Yelai Xiang Dancong Oolong



Yelai xiang (夜来香/night fragrance) Dancong is one of our favourite varietals. Similar to many other Dancong varietals that reference specific flowers or plants, this one is named after the cestrum nocturnum, a plant whose flowers open in the night and release an intensely pleasant and sweet fragrance. If you’ve ever experienced smelling this flower at night, then that provides a good preview of what to expect from this tea.

The material for this tea comes from high altitude, old bushes in Shitoujiao on Wudong shan. Unsurprisingly, this is a very fragrant forward and floral tea. The fragrance is both floral and sweet, and lingers well after you’ve taken a sip, coating the mouth to provide a longer lasting experience.

We highly recommend this tea for new and experienced Dancong drinkers alike. It offers an extremely pleasant drinking experience, as well as demonstrates many of the qualities of higher end Dancongs without the same premium in terms of cost.

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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1 review for Nightingale 2021 Spring Yelai Xiang Dancong Oolong

  1. 5 out of 5


    Lavender, fruity tang, peppery bite…Lots happening with this tea. Each session seems to herald something new.

    Lighter florals and minerality are expressed when brewed lightly, while a stronger infusion brings out the deeper notes. Either way is pleasant (I can’t pick a favourite!) and they also both gave me a gently spiced perfume to the finish.

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