Creamy, sweet, toasted nutty flavor. Crisp mildly smoky, lasting finish. Roasted yams and pine aroma.
Garden: This batch of Dong Ding tea comes from Yonglong Village, just above Dong Ding Mountain. Yonglong is known for its rich soil which differs from other locales in Lu Gu Township. The unique flavor of the DongDing Oolong produced here is attributed to this soil quality, along with the fact this region is home to the most concentrated population of skilled oolong tea artisans in Taiwan. This farm is managed by a father and son team who inherited their family tradition as artisans of Dong Ding Tea. Their tea has been awarded first prize in the world's largest Oolong tea competition, and they consistently achieve top awards in their local competition of traditionally made Dong Ding Oolong.
Harvest: Hand picked in small batches. Winter 2020. Yonglong, Nantou.
Dong Ding Oolong is a medium oxidized, heavily roasted tea with a hearty, complex, and robust character.
The initial steeping brings forth a complex bouquet of roasted vegetables, pine, and a touch of smokiness. On the palate, you get roasted sweet corn, nutty/fruity notes, and a tangy, heady finish with just the right touch of astringency.
Our source of this tea is representative of a Dong Ding Oolong from the original source of this type of tea. It demonstrates the broad spectrum of character and flavors that can be captured by refined roasting techniques.
This tea comes from Yonglong Village, just across from Dong Ding Mountain, at 700m elevation in Lu Gu Township, Nantou County. It was cultivated and processed by a father and son team of award-winning tea makers. The father has been recruited among 5 elders in the community in a practical seminar to teach pre-modern methods of traditional Dong Dong Oolong tea making to the younger tea makers in the area.
This adjacent ridge to Dong Ding Mountain is home to the neighboring Yong Long and Feng Huang Villages and is known for a rich red soil which differs from other locales in Lu Gu. The unique flavor of Dong Ding Oolong produced here is attributed to this soil quality, along with the fact that these villages are home to the highest population of the most skilled traditional oolong tea artisans in Taiwan. This family's tea gardens are 30-40 years old, and are solely comprised of an early strain of Qing Xin Oolong that some some farmers consider to be an heirloom strain that is no longer readily available.