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Dong Ding Traditional A

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A traditional style of Dong Ding Oolong grown on Dong Ding mountain by our friends the Su family. They have been making this rich, hearty oolong with a dedication and adherence to traditional standards for generations. We are grateful for the tea and the wisdom of Mr. and Mrs. Su, as they have been a guiding presence in our life as well as our tea practice since 2008.

Traditional Dong Ding is withered in the sun, oxidized about 30% and given a medium roast to bring out its full aroma, grippy mouthfeel and throat warming aftertaste. We like this tea, not because it is bodacious like High Mountain Oolong or elegant like Oriental Beauty, but because it is solid, grounded and powerful. We call this the 'hero' tea of Taiwan.

New batch just released on July 3rd! Roasted right here in Seattle.

We decided to hold onto this one for a couple weeks after roasting so it would be ready to drink now. This tea base has a naturally occurring honey scent from tea jassid attack, a very desirable characteristic of Spring harvest Dong Ding. Especially fragrant with a soft mouthfeel and oily texture.

First infusion is fruity and nearly floral. Although this batch does show off the more aromatic side of Dong Ding tea, the second infusion on reveals the raw power of Dong Ding tea with a good throaty finish and salivating aftertaste characteristic of the region. Solid bitter initial taste resolves very nicely into a sweet aftertaste, i.e. returning sweetness. We are proud to share this tea which we believe is our best roast to date!

Facts

  • Harvest Location : Dong Ding, Nantou, Taiwan
  • Roast Date : 2024 June
  • Cultivar : Soft Stem [Ruan Zhi Zhong]
  • Farming : Unsprayed

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