In the Rough 2023 Spring Chahu Songzhong Dancong Oolong



A unique find for 2023, this charcoal roasted tea exhibits notes of tropical fruit and lychee, with florals emerging in the back of the throat after drinking. A bold texture and noticeably creamy cup scent add another layer to this tea. As the session goes on, there’s a light almond note and sweetness.

While this tea is made from Songzhong varietal material, this Dancong is known as “Cha Hu” (茶虎) due to the comparatively fast, aggressive sprouting of the bushes it was made from.

This phenomenon can unexpectedly occur when bushes simply don’t sprout during the winter picking season. The pent-up energy gives them a head start in the spring, causing the bushes to sprout earlier and faster, sometimes just after spring festival.

This off-timed picking results in tea that has the high fragrance of Xuepian/winter season, along with the sweet and gentler qualities of spring Dancong.

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:

For something different, you can also try cold brewing:

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1 review for In the Rough 2023 Spring Chahu Songzhong Dancong Oolong

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris (verified owner)

    The roasted notes tend to overpower the fruity side as the session goes
    //Smell: Topical fruits punch, roasted pineapple, sweet (and burned) cake
    //Texture: Thick and sticky texture, silky, teeth and cheeks coating
    //Taste: Grilled tropical fruits served with maple syrup, burned white cake with coulis on it
    //Body sensation: A bit tired, body heat, silence, opened eyes

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