Ducktale Spring 2017 Yashixiang Dancong Oolong


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Our Spring 2017 Ducktale ya shi xiang dancong is arguably an improvement on its 2016 version. This tea comes from old bushes (50+ years old) on Wudong Shan in the Fenghuang (phoenix) tea mountains and is grown at high altitude (1000+ meters). These environmental factors play an enormous role in producing a quality Dancong.

Ya shi xiang (鸭屎香), or “duck shit fragrance” is likely the dancong oolong with the best name. There are several theories regarding the origin of this tea’s name, but one tale in particular prevails.

A commonly held origin tale is that there was a farmer who had this tea bush with an especially unique fragrance. It was quite popular, and thus many outsiders wanted to steal the bush in order to grow their own. To throw the scent off, so to speak, the farmer started claiming that his ducks would spend a lot of time around this bush, doing duck things – like pooping. He then claimed the tea and soil it grows in was ruined and tainted. This clearly deterred noone, and has only since become a part of this tea’s identity.

There are other simpler theories and tales, but in the end, they’re just that – stories. The important takeaway is that this varietal has a very distinct, floral fragrance. In recent years, tea associations in China have tried to clean up the image of this tea by assigning a more sanitized name: “silver flower”, albeit with little to no real success.

This light charcoal roasted tea carries its signature fragrance, without being overly perfumed. The other most noticeable feature is an exceptional mouthfeel. The liquor is very smooth and rolls in the mouth, coating down through the throat. In the end, there is a milky aftertaste, which is also very noticeable when smelling your empty cup or gaiwan lid after brewing.

Please note that larger sizes (100-250g) do not include a tin, but will be packed inside air tubes to prevent breakage.


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4 reviews for Ducktale Spring 2017 Yashixiang Dancong Oolong

  1. 5 out of 5

    DJPAS (verified owner)

    Ohhhh wow I love this Yashi Fruity, fresh, flowery and it shifts through the steeps Its amazing for the price it costs
    Bang for Buck is awesome

  2. 5 out of 5

    DJPAS (verified owner)

    After blind tasting 3 different Ducks with my girlfriend we both cam e to the conclusion that this Yashi is the strongest in your face aroma
    I had to order 250g of this one
    I love it

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Procopiou (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic tea. When it arrived i was so eager to try it, what i had was just incredible.I prepared my teawares and warmed them up to around 85 degrees, that where i placed this beautiful tea inside. The smell was incredible and once brewed the magic of a long journey began.

    The tea is a long , enjoyable tea ride. Full of colours and a long enjoyable and sweet after taste.The first sip, startles you and takes you through a journey of taste and smell , as the savour of the tea ,lingers for minutes in the mouth. One cup is enough for the next 15 minutes or so, as the magic happens after you take a sip , where the teas taste and aromas simply expands and covers the mouth walls and each exhalation form the noise , is a walk through aromas of this tea journey.

    A tea for special occasions with long sweet and enjoyable after taste with aroma that surrounds your senses. From the initial sip it has a cooling effect on the body and you can feel the mouth and nose refreshed, as the after taste is a definete ” talk about” and a companion through a journey.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jane (verified owner)

    Wow! What a wonderful smelling tea! This was truly a surprise to my senses and I love it!

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