From Miss Camellia Tea's private collection: The Spring 2021, Phoenix Mountains collection offering. Supplied direct from the farm in this small, artisinal batch.
Ya Shi Xiang is one of the most fragrant amongst all Phoenix Oolongs, also known famously as "Duck Sh*t Oolong" but do not let the name deter you. As legend has it, before there was intellectual property protection, the original farmer assigned this distasteful name to his tea to deter others from taking it.
So on the contrary, this tea is It is strong on both floral and fruit; orchids and peaches forms the dominating bouquet. On the palate, the stone fruit sweetness is long lasting, ideal for a sit-down over many steeps in bowl style or gong fu style preparation.
Mild Qi or tea energy, not over-stimulating. Suitable for any time of day.
Pro tip: After extraction, let the tea rest for a minute before tasting or smelling. It makes a big difference in the layers of flavours and aromas experienced.
Dry leaves: long, wiry twisted light brown leaves, earth green with golden tinges
Liquor: light tangerine colour
Taste: orchids, hops, mango, peaches, cream
Process: withered, medium oxidisation, twisted and baked
Season: Spring, 2021
Origin: Wudong, Phoenix Mountains
Quantity: 30 grams