When I recently visited some old friends in Lugu to taste their recently harvested crop of organically cultivated tea, they spontaneously proceeded to introduce me to their private collection of aged tea that they have been developing for decades.
Mr. Lee smiles here in nostalgic admiration of his father's achievement of an award winning tea some 30 years ago. This small ceramic urn is what remains from that batch, and continues to be an exemplary sample of traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea.
This is exactly the kind of circumstance that has drawn me back to this world for the last 20 years. I finally moved house to this vicinity last month - something I've looked forward to doing for many years. I feel like I've finally arrived at where I should be - in the heart of tea country, in Nantou County - Taiwan.
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This month's batch of tea being shared with the Eco-Cha Tea Club was made by Mr. Su — an 80 year-old artisan of traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea. He planted a plot of the Tie Guan Yin strain in his backyard several years ago, and this is the second time we've sourced this tea type from him. Mr. Su is our favorite representative of traditionally made tea in Taiwan, and it brings us a special kind of joy to be able to share his tea with our tea club members.
This batch has a particularly sweet character, with slightly tangy, fruity notes and a pleasantly clean lingering aftertaste. It has just enough of that cured, almost fermented character that makes it reminiscent of a traditionally made Tie Guan Yin Oolong. But given that it was only roasted once, it maintains a mild flavor profile similar to a Hong Shui Oolong.