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, 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). This particular batch is actually from the same farmer as Traditional A, Farmer Su, who was featured in the short documentary we released last year.

Zhan's philosophy around roasting is to listen to the where the tea naturally wants to go, and roast it accordingly. This tea usually undergoes an amply heavy roast. The tea is not roasted to add the superficial flavor of charcoal, but to elevate an already good tea base so it can tell its story more dramatically. Tea that he finishes becomes clearer, softer and deeper.


We just tried this new batch (arrived November 21st) and it is a heavier, bold roasted tea. The first infusion we noticed the aroma was strong and thick, but the broth was not quite open. We tried a few different things, and when the balance showed up in our cups it was very full and complete. The tea has had longer since the roasting date to rest, and the original roast was deeper than the one on the previous batch. So far, I believe this is going to be an exceptional Charcoal Dong Ding. I'm really excited to see where it goes as it continues to open!


  • Harvest Location : Dong Ding, Nantou, Taiwan
  • Roasting Date : July, 2018
  • Farming : Unsprayed
  • Cultivar : Soft Stem [Ruan Zhi]