History of Ya Shi Xiang
Origin: Ping Keng Tou, Feng Xi, Feng Huang Shan (Phoenix Mountain), Chao Zhou, Guang Dong Province, China (~800-900m elevation)
Ya Shi Xiang means Duck shit. There are numerous stories of how the name came to be with the most known being a farmer in fear that somebody would steal his tea trees, decided to name his tea duck shit to make it less attractive. However, the locals just have a long tradition of giving teas foul names. There is another varietal named thieves shit. It is hard to tell if the tea made the name or the name made the tea. The local authority tried to change the name of the varietal to a more elegant one – Yin Hua Xiang, which means silver flower fragrance. However, duck shit is here to stay.