Charcoal Dong Ding


We love this tea. It is roasted by Charcoal Roast Master Zhan. Drinking his tea and learning from him inspired us to film a documentary. He is a living treasure of Taiwanese tea culture and a very wise man. The name he gave this tea is "The Twittering Mountain Spring".

When roasting Charcoal Dong Ding, Zhan finds a traditional style Dong Ding (like this one). Zhan's approach to roasting is both sensitive and spontaneous, following the natural inclinations of both the tea and the charcoal fire. This tea usually undergoes an amply heavy roast, but it is not roasted to add the superficial flavor of charcoal. The effect is that the tea is rearranged to tie up loose ends and tell a more complex story. Tea that he finishes becomes clearer, softer and deeper.


New batch of Charcoal Dong Ding arrived on January 19th. The tea is another excellent batch. It was roasted in September of 2019, so relatively recently, but the 'fire aroma' has already integrated nicely into the tea. It will continue to develop as always, but it's tasting good now. 

The broth is stimulating and spreads across the palate vigorously. It is both soft and full of energy. There is a pleasant mineral note and salivation in the aftereffect like a stream bubbling over river rocks.


  • Harvest Location : Dong Ding, Nantou, Taiwan
  • Roasting Date : September, 2019
  • Farming : Unsprayed
  • Cultivar : Soft Stem [Ruan Zhi]