Ya Shi Xiang

Ah, Ya Shi Xiang—the comic treasure of the tea world. This oolong has the dubious distinction of being the only Dancong to be named after a scent it not only doesn't possess, but which is an unpleasant one at that. Whether a gaffe or an attempt at dissuasion (legends abound), it instead exudes the wonderfully aromatic mélange of stone fruit, cream, and minerality typical of the type.

This exemplar has a slightly heavier roasting, with slightly less creaminess in favour of a brown sugar flavour and a refreshing menthol aftertaste, anchored around its nectarine body and a balanced astringency. Both full-flavoured and refreshing at once, it begs to be savoured through repeated quaffing.

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