Autumn Snow "Duck Shit"



November 2023

Chaozhou, Guangdong

For tea, an “Autumn harvest” refers to the period about a week before and a week after the solar term Cold Dew. Very experienced tea craftsman used to say that, if there is a sunny day with a northern wind, the autumn harvest tea will have the scent of orchids.

The North winds at this time of year bring coolness and the temperature difference between day and night increases, meaning the tea leaves grow more slowly. The dry, autumn air makes the water in the tea leaves ferment more steadily after they are picked. For these reasons, autumn harvest teas have smooth mouthfeel and a complex, concentrated fragrance – one often described as “cold.”

It is true: tea harvested and crafted during this time has a special "snow flavor," and the concentrated sweetness that belongs to most things that grow during the winter. They feel like walking in the snow while grains of rock sugar dissolve on your tongue.

This Autumn Snow “Duck Shit” comes from Mr. Fu’s family, who have been residents of Qipan Village on Dazhi Mountain of the Phoenix Mountains for generations, raising bees and growing tea. The tea garden is at 1600 ft elevation, and their tea trees are between 50-60 years old. This year’s Autumn Snow was harvested 20 days earlier than previous years as the area went through drought in the summer, which meant less tea buds for the autumn harvest. The tea is crafted traditionally, patiently allowing enough oxidation to take place before it is roasted over charcoal.

The 2023 Winter harvest of Autumn Snow Duck Shit gives a rich impression. The dark, ropey dried leaves have a caramel-like scent. They brew a sweet liquor bursting with florality. The enchanting gardenia notes and captivating mouthfeel are refreshing to all senses. This is a beautiful, relatively light harvest and could easily be mistaken for a full bodied green tea. Its refined character is consistent across many infusions, and this tea is well worth seeing through to its end.  

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Brewing guide

Tea 4 g
Water 120 ml
Steep time 10 - 60 sec
No. of infusions 8


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