Description: A captivating dark-roasted Taiwanese oolong noted for its golden amber color, complex flavor and long, smooth finish. Large mature tea leaves are carefully harvested, processed and rolled into tight little nuggets which unfurl under hot water to produce a memorably aromatic, full-flavored infusion.
Dong Ding is known to be slightly more roasted than other Taiwan High Mountain Oolongs. This results in a full-bodied flavor, with a more complex, fruity bouquet and richer chestnut and chicory undertones. This tea is where our love for Taiwan Oolong began. This is a hand-harvested tea, consist of tip leaves, the first 3-5 leaves of a tea branch. The compromise of giving up the fresh green quality of our other types of high mountain oolong is well compensated for by the astounding aromatic qualities attained by the artisans of this traditional Taiwan tea. Still only about 25% oxidized, and painstakingly roasted repeatedly at low temps, Dong Ding brews a deep amber liquer with a heartier flavor- yet maintains the clean "gan" finish. The tea liquor has a light golden hue. It has a complex high mountain tea aroma. The most suitable as a coffee alternative- this tea seems to have the strongest boost as well!
Brewing Guide: We highly recommend brewing Dong Ding Oolong gongfu style to appreciate its many layers of flavor. Dong Ding oolong may be prepared in a regular teapot, an Yixing clay pot, or in individual cups. Use about 1 tsp. per cup (8 oz.) of water heated to 80-90°C (176-194°F). Infuse for 2-3 minutes and pour off. The leaves may be resteeped 1-3 times.