xuancheng wrote:What I find helpful when trying to get my head around Dancong names, is that some people group them into "fragrance types" many of the single bush names will fall into one of about 10 fragrance types or categories. Often these bushes are somehow related. (One is a mother bush, some others are its offspring)
It is also very confusing because Dancongs are often mis-labeled or labeled carelessly. There are lots of "Song zhong" bushes, they usually have a number or something else appended at the end.
Also you often get qizhong which is a new bush grown from seed, not cloned so it has new genetic material (or a new mix of old genetic material.) These qizhong may or may not be very good, and just because you or I haven't heard of it before doesn't mean it's not a legitimate name.
We really need a board of standards for Chinese tea names, because it gets really confusing.
Huangzhi in Chinese is a sort of Gardenia. I have also seen the translations you mention Orange branch, yellow twig. I am not sure what is meant by that.
Also Zhilan 芝兰 does not seem to be the name of an orchid. In my dictionary the definition "1. The glossy ganoderma and the fragrant thoroughwort -- both of them are fragrant herbs. 2. (figuratively) a virtuous behaviour
I think that your Shi Gu Pin[g] (tangerine dream) is the name of a village in which dancong is grown and not a varietal.
Thank you for your words of assistance (and other posters) I have been researching and the task is endless!
1. Thanks to you and other posters I have already started arranging my intentions round fragrance types - I currently have 8 Planned with several unidentified Varietals to join them or place in additional fragrance types.
Orange flower fragrance type
Huang Zhi (yellow sprig)
Ao Hu Fou (orange flower)
Huang Zhi (orange blossom)
Shi Tou Huang Zhi (lion head orange blossom )
Shi Gu Pin (tangerine dream)
Orchid flower fragrance type
Mi Lan (honey orchid)
Lan (orchid)- Mi (honey)
Xue Lan (snow orchid)
Qi Lan (rare orchid)
Zhi Lan (Fragrant Orchid) ? - ?
Honey orchid fragrance type
1. ?? Honey Orchid fragrance
2. ?? White leaf dancong
3. ?? Fragrant sweet potato
Herbal fragrance type
Ba Xian (8 Immortals)
herbal fragrance type (literally,the glossy ganoderma and the fragrant thoroughwort fragrance type)
1. ?? Eight immortals
2. ?? Song variety herbal fragrance
3. ?? Bamboo leaf
4. ??? Chicken cage
5. ??? Herbal fragrance
Almond fragrance type
Xing Ren (almond)
1. ??? Saw cut seed
2. ??? Almond fragrance
Ginger flower fragrance type
Por Tou (ginger flower)
You Hua (pomelo flower)
1. ?? Pomelo leaf
2. ??? Waxberry Leaf
3. ??? Ginger root fragrance
4. ??? Fiery spice tea
Gardenia fragrance type
1. ?? Song variety gardenia fragrance
2. ?? Song variety yellow tea fragrance
3. ?? Large White Leaf
4. ?? Yellow tea fragrance
5. ?? Old fey gaffer
6. ?? Song variety No. 2
7. ?? Always fine variety
8. ?? palm frond coir clasped under the arm
9. ?? Special selection gardenia fragrance
Rou Gui and ??
1. Rou Gui
Wild Bushes Old Bushes or with a Big in the name
Da Yu Qi (big leech)
Da Wu Ye (big dark leaf)
Song (song dynasty bush)
Song Zhong (king of song dynasty bush)
Ye Fang (wild bush)
- This last group is one I have invented - I already have Ye Fang and am about to try it and am leaning towards one of the da's as my next purchase - should they be in a different group
Qun Ti (wild meadow) - possibly herbal fragrance
Bai Yie (white leaf)
Shi Gu Pin (tangerine dream)
Huang Jing (yellow leaf) - should I group anything yellow - with Yellow twig under Orange Fragrance?
?? (yellow branch)
?? (yellow bark)
Jing Zhu (golden pearls)
(??) Grapefruit - this I believe is to be grouped with Pomelo which resides in the Ginger Flower Fragrance group - Grapefruit and Ginger don't seem similar to me?
(??) Oriental Red
2. I agree sometimes you can tell from the quality of a vendor's other words that you can not trust what you are reading, but at other times it is very hard to tell!
3. Thanks for these words, I had more or less come to this conclusion, from a reliable source a new varietal that is highly praised is one worth trying - but other sources may just be mis-labelling or being creative!
4. I have come across several vendors selling Zi Lan as an 'Orchid' varietal - I shall have to do some more research on this one - perhaps they are all copying from one original misquote. Although one of the sources was by a blogger highlty respected by many on this forum
5. The Tanagerine Dream - was one that I found here
Are they inventing the name, or have they found one you do not yet know?
They also sell a
Song Zhong Wang, which means 'King of Song Dynasty Kind'