Dancongs are often bestowed with a name originating from myth, terroir, shape, or color; this one, named for its fragrance, is as mystifying as its fellow varieties. The namesake of Ye Lai Xiang (yuh lie shyong) is night-blooming jasmine: an inherently heady, sensuous evergreen. It’s an uncommon cultivar in an already uncommon garden—plucked from a small, dedicated plot of august, old trees within his legacy groves, our longtime Phoenix producer, Mr. Chan, transforms the traditional practice through his modern processing techniques. Evoking a warm summer night of full-bloom flowers, Ye Lai Xiang has notes of jasmine rice, vanilla pudding, and star anise.
Region: Feng Huang, Guangdong, China
Variety: Ye Lai Xiang
Elevation: 830 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: May 2019
Producer: Mr. Chan
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340 mL water | 195°F | 3:00