The Story Behind the Honey-Sweet Duck Shit Aroma Oolong

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High up in the Phoenix Mountains of China’s southeastern Guangdong province is where one might find Duck Shit Aroma Oolong. Year-round, these mountains are surrounded by fog and rain, creating perfect moist conditions for the soil to promote this special tea’s growth.

The mountain continuously attracts many tourists traveling not only for the scenic views but also in search of this intriguing oolong.



Although called Duck Shit Aroma Oolong, this tea is exceptionally fragrant and sweet.

These qualities come from the mountain’s exceptional soil, which is perfect for nourishing the ancient tea trees, some which are up to 600 years old.


The tale of Duck Shit Oolong tells us exactly how special it is. In fact, so special that farmers would spread lies about their precious tea so that others wouldn’t be tempted to steal it.

The soil on which the tea trees grow has a distinct yellowish-brown color. Thus, the farmers would tell outsiders that this color came from all the duck shit in the soil, hoping to dissuade interest.


For better or for worse, these lies may not have worked as well as the farmers hoped. Soon enough word about the aromatic Dan Cong Oolong which grows from duck shit had spread far and wide, provoking much interest to try this special tea that leaves such a pleasant lingering honey-sweetness.



Ya Shi Xiang (Duck Shit Aroma) Oolong is a variety of Dan Cong Oolongs. Dan Cong, literally translated as "single bush", are a special variety of oolong teas cultivated only in the Phoenix Mountains. All Dan Cong Oolong varieties tend to resemble different aromas. Recently, Da Shi Xiang has been renamed by tea specialists to Yin Hua Xiang, meaning "honeysuckle aroma", due to its honey-like sweetness and floral fragrance. However, the majority of Duck Shit Aroma fans still prefer to stick with its original name. 

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