The Dancong tea from the Phoenix Mountains has many different varieties, distinguished by the fragrance and flavor of the variety. Besides this, as well the origin of the tea leave plays in important role. The general rule is: the higher the altitude and the older the tea tree, the better the tea leaves.

 Hence, there are far more varieties available than listed in books. Dancong is so rich in variety that even local tea growers and tea masters have difficulties in completely understanding all of them.

 

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Main Dancong varieties

In today's market, the Dancong varieties are commonly known by names such as the almond flav

or, honey orchid flavor(Milan), yellow jasmine flavor and Yashi (Duck Poop!) flavor. In the case of the duck poop flavor type, it is also known by a lesser used name as “honeysuckle flavor”(Yinhua). It is said that it got the Yinhua name because the local tea growers there purported that its flavor is similar to the aroma of wild honeysuckle that grows on the Phoenix Mountains.

 

Dancong flavors

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When you taste different Dancongs, you'll discover a wide range of fragrances. Dancong contains many aromatic substances. Different varieties and flavor types ,however, share a common fragrance, while maintaining their own unique flavor. There are people who frequently taste a honey orchid flavor from “Baxian Dancong” and even some who taste a cinnamon flavor from “Wuye Dancong”. This is all rather common. The tea produced from one tea tree to another in different regions will yield different fragrances and tastes. The different steps required during manufacturing, such as withering, rolling, rattling and tumbling contribute to the different varieties, as well as the varying degrees of oxidation and heating temperatures. As mentioned before, the altitude of the tea garden and the age of the tree play an integral part too. 

Too many?

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Confronted by the many scent varieties, local tea farmers do not dare say they can distinguish all of them. However, it is quite possible to recognize them through tasting, especially some of the more common flavors. They may have almost similar aromas, but each have a unique and different taste. Take the Yinhua flavor tea for example: some tea merchants sell Wuye tea in the market as this Yinhua tea. These two types all have similar aromas, but the actual taste is quite different for experienced tea tasters. Yinhua flavor tea has its own unique flavor which other teas don’t have. Yinhua flavor tea, also known as the honeysuckle flavor, has a sweet full fragrance and a floral flavor combined with a milky tone. In comparison to the fragrance of Yinhua tea, the almond flavor tea is more reserved, and belongs to the fruit flavor type. Therefore, the Yinhua flavor tea doesn’t belong to the almond flavor type. You'll realize this after you've tasted all of them, but have difficulties with this once a tea merchant just offers you a Dancong tea. That's why we distinguish our Dancong as a Dancong Yinhua. We invite you to compare our Dancong Yinhua with the Dancong from other tea merchants. Not only will you be aware of the different Dancong grades (low-high), but a well of all the varieties in aromas and fragrances and therefore types. 


In short, Dancong tea has many different fragrances and a wide range of aromas, while each possesses its individuality in terms of flavors. 

This discussion will go on forever, one of the great things of tea appreciation. 

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