Charcoal Dong DingFloating Leaves Tea
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.
Another new Charcoal Dong Ding! This batch was roasted in July of 2020.
The roast is on the lighter side, maybe just three roasts on this one. The scent that evaporates off the top of the broth is clear and rising, soft and sturdy. It has a fruit sweetness, which makes it feel feminine for a Dong Ding. The roast note is not brash or in your face, rather it gently colors the taste towards warmer tones. The broth is full and rich, and also well focused.
As the broth enters the body, the texture is narrow and strong. It is assertive, but not brazen, penetrating in a fine line. It has a water-like presence, reminiscent of a flowing river. It reaches the throat, chest, stomach, shoulders and top of the head easily. A lot of energy in this tea!
- Harvest Location : Dong Ding, Nantou, Taiwan
- Final Roasting Date : July, 2020
- Farming : Unsprayed
- Cultivar : Soft Stem [Ruan Zhi]