Competition Grade Dong Ding Oolong Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

August 03, 2019 0 Comments

This is a photo of the awards ceremony a few years ago at the Yonglong Fenghuang Community Tea Competition. This month's edition of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is from the same day's harvest of spring tea that our source received the Top 2% Award out of 750 odd participants in the spring 2019 competition. This month's batch of tea was prepared the same way as the award winning tea — removing the stems by hand and undergoing repeated roastings to meet the standard of quality set by this local competition. Only residents of this small community of traditional tea makers are eligible to enter this competition. But this is the heart of Dong Ding Oolong Country, and this community boasts the densest population of traditional Oolong Tea artisans in Taiwan, and probably in the world!

We took the snapshot above on the day that we tasted this month's batch of the Tea Club. The recipient of the top 2% award expresses modest pride over his accomplishment! This family of Dong Ding Oolong Tea makers has received First Place award, as well as consistently achieving high ranking awards annually, such as this year's. This is also our ongoing source of Dong Ding Oolong Tea.

Above, Andy waves to the Eco-Cha drone with the father of this family as he weeds the undergrowth around his tea plants by hand. He planted this plot of tea almost 40 years ago. He proudly relates how sustainable farm maintenance has kept is tea trees healthy and prolific until now.

The quality standard of this competition calls for a heavily roasted tea that is balanced out by sufficiently oxidized leaves. Proper oxidation offers a sweetness and smooth, substantial composition that can accommodate extensive roasting. When less oxidized leaves are roasted extensively, the flavor of the tea is a more monotone roasted quality that lacks complexity and balance.

Above is an aerial view of the Yonglong/Fenghuang community. This historical tea making area is unquestionably our favorite tea destination in Taiwan. There is such a rich resource of knowledge and skill in this community that has been making traditional tea for many decades.

LET US KNOW!

If you liked this article, please leave a comment in the comments section below or leave any questions you may have as well.

SUBSCRIBE!

If you enjoyed this post and would like to hear more about the specialty tea industry here in Taiwan, follow us on YouTubeFacebook, and Instagram and please subscribe to our newsletter. Subscribe now and get $5 off your first order!






Also in News

Traditional Dong Ding Oolong | Eco-Cha Tea Club
Traditional Dong Ding Oolong | Eco-Cha Tea Club

May 16, 2022 0 Comments

The figure in the foreground of the photo above is the matriarch of this family of Traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea makers. This pic was snapped a few years ago, and she is now in her late eighties, so she is not the tea picking queen she once was, but she is as talkative and friendly as ever!

View full article →

Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas
Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas

May 12, 2022 0 Comments

With the arrival of our spring batch of Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea, we were inspired to brew it alongside our Traditional Dong Ding Oolong as well as our current edition of the Eco-Cha Tea Club — which also happens to be a Traditional Dong Ding Oolong. All three teas were harvested this spring from the same community in Lugu, Taiwan.

View full article →

Shan Lin Xi Taiwan  High Mountain Oolong Tea Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas
Shan Lin Xi Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas

May 05, 2022 0 Comments

Spring 2022 Taiwan high mountain tea harvest is slowly but steadily working its way up the mountain! Lower and mid-elevations were harvested by mid-April. Alishan High Mountain Oolong was mostly harvested by the last week in April, as Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Tea picking began.

View full article →