Xingren Xiang

A caress on the palate, this is a tea that manages to land on the roastier side of the Dancong spectrum while also muting that roasting into a warm and soft body that makes for an excellent comfort tea. The namesake fragrance is represented as slightly powdery almond milk, garnished with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon spice and a twist of lemon peel, the infusion gentle, the touch of bitterness stimulating. It's just the tea to slip one into the morning or grace a chilly afternoon with.
  • ORIGIN:  Fenghuang, Chaoan, Chaozhou, Guangdong, China
  • MEANING:  Almond fragrance (xing ren xiang)
  • CULTIVAR:  Xing Ren Xiang
  • HARVEST TIME:  Spring 2021
  • TASTE:  Almond milk, nutmeg, lemon peel


  • Quantity: 6g / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 90°C
  • Infusion time: 5 min
  • Quantity: 3g / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 90°C
  • 4 infusions: 45, 60, 60, 90 sec

For best results in gongfu cha, brew in the traditional gaiwan or in a Yixing teapot. Too high water temperature would burn the leaves, resulting in bitter taste.

Additional Information

Tianyu Chaye and Ye Hangzhong

When farmers in Chaozhou tended to sell their tea only locally, to a limited number of customers, Ye Hangzhong was someone who saw the potential in the fine Fenghuang Dancong oolongs, and has helped to bring the category to wider worldwide attention. Leveraging his many connections and deep knowledge of Dancong, he gathered many quality examples to offer them under his brand, Tianyu Chaye, becoming a famous figure in the Dancong world: a member of the Chaozhou's tea bureau, active in the major tea events in the province, and a referee in many tea competitions. When Gabriele visited him in 2014, he was amazed by the quality of the teas, which were at the time prohibitively expensive for our fledgeling business. Now, almost ten years later, we are delighted to be able to offer teas from this premium brand, selecting (with difficulty!) six out of a dozen samples to offer our customers.

Ye Hanzhong pouring a flight of teas to taste