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2020 King of Thieves Dancong

2020 King of Thieves Dancong

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK

Sourced By the 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
    100
    minerality, ginger
    true
    40
    mollasses rye bread
    true
    70
    rosewood
    true
    75
    neroli, orange blossom water
    true
    80
    tulsi, grape leaf

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - minerality, ginger
    • savory - mollasses rye bread
    • floral - rosewood
    • fruit - neroli, orange blossom water
    • vegetal - tulsi, grape leaf
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
    • Wudong Shan Guangdong Province
    • ELEVATION1000 METERS
    • King of Thieves TreeTea Varietal

    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.


  • '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.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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