Chou Shi is a special dehydrated version of Duck Shit Dan Cong. It is a greener tea than regular Duck Shit, and in my opinion, it benefits from being steeped more like a green oolong with shorter steeps and a lower water temp. This new processing produces a tea that reminds me a lot of the Anxi Hairy Crab oolong I had yesterday, but it has more body. There are notes of butter and milk and a malty-bready element to it.
The dry leaves present nicely with their dark nori green leaves and bright chartreuse stems. It is a beautiful contrast. The liquor color is pale oak. The dry leaf has notes of milk and raisins. This is not a heavily floral tea. It is sweet but well-balanced. No bitterness. No astringency. Creamy wet mouth feel. If you are opposed to vegetal notes, and you keep the steep time short, this tea will yield a sweet and savory tea with very little vegetal taste. If you like tie guan yin and Anxi hairy crab, you’ll like this. As I was drinking this, I detected no duck shit, but a wild turkey made an appearance and walked through my backyard. :-) (I know)
Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Green, Malt, Milk, Sweet