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2021 King of Thieves Dancong

2021 King of Thieves Dancong

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Crafted by Huang Rui Guang

Huang Ruiguang is an award-winning nationally-recognized master & published author. He is respected for his work expanding and modernizing tea agriculture in Fenghuang.
  • true
    spice
    100
    frankincense, pine
    true
    savory
    75
    rye malt
    true
    floral
    60
    lotus, lilac
    true
    fruit
    75
    pomegranate, juniper
    false
    vegetal
    80
    tulsi, grape leaf
    true
    thick, resinous, cooling

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - frankincense, pine
    • savory - rye malt
    • floral - lotus, lilac
    • fruit - pomegranate, juniper
    • texture - thick, resinous, cooling
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wudong ShanGuangdong Province
    • ELEVATION1000 METERS
    • King of Thieves TreeTea Varietal

    The new 2021 harvest is now available!

    贼王 or “King of Thieves" got its name from the famous story of a thief stealing this valuable tea tree in the middle of the night over 200 years ago, but leaving some of the roots and trunk in their haste to cut it down. King of Thieves growing today is said to have regrown from that little remaining root stock. This tea was hand picked and hand processed over 24 hours of intense labor to bring out its rich nuanced dessert-like flavor and spiced tropical undertones. The biodiversity of the high elevation Wudongshan plot give this tea deep cooling yun notes. Since only several kilos are picked each year, Huang Ruiguang personally oversees the 24 hour yaoqing finishing process, all without machinery, helping his two sons hone in on the striking one of a kind aromatics and texture that this tea has to offer.



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  • 'An accomplished technical master of tea, Huang Rui Guang is affectionately called a ‘modern tea sage’ by many. He likes to say that one love is enough in life, and his is tea. This excerpt is an attempt to portray a small piece of one man’s contributions to and love of tea'

  • 5-10
    6-8
    208
    20 seconds
    10
    10
    6
    208
    6 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5-10 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    10 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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