Charcoal Dong Ding "Four Roast"Floating Leaves Tea
This tea was not necessarily roasted four times, and roasting a tea four times doesn't necessarily make it better. But THIS Dong Ding is more than just a deluxe version of our Charcoal Dong Ding. It is very rich and full, but the feeling is exquisite and almost delicate. It reaches into the body in a more nuanced way, and the personality of the tea is, in a way, like a person who looks up at the sky and asks big questions.
When we go to Taiwan, we always ask our teacher if he has roasted this lineup of Charcoal Dong Ding recently. The last few years, the answer has been, 'no, but I have this Alishan' or 'no, but I have this competition winning oolong'. But this time when we asked he said 'let me roast something and get back to you'. This was what he gave us. It's different from what we've got in the past as 'Four Roast'. It's actually finer than what we've gotten before as 'Four Roast'. It's a tea that invites a lot of exploration.
The charcoal roast is very present, but it doesn't overpower the dark, herbal sweet note that defines the aroma of this Dong Ding. Aroma is thick, but soft, and rises firmly past the nostrils to penetrate behind the eyes and up into the skull. The amber broth contains a pinkish hue which tells me the leaves were more thoroughly oxidized, which, along with a good roast, lends the tea the rich round feeling of traditional oolong.
Broth is soft and solid at the same time. It has an herbal sweetness like that of eucalyptus or grass jelly, and almost menthol brightening sensation and medicinal quality. The broth fills the mouth with an expansive 'puff' that reaches underneath the tongue, the roof of the mouth and the throat easily and gently. This tea flows excellently, very connected feeling. The charcoal roast lasts throughout an entire session, but not in a way that feels bold or roasty. It lends a lively texture and focus to the tea broth. In the body the tea feels warm and extends to the shoulders, belly and limbs.
Overall this oolong is gentle, but doesn't lack the broad expansion of good Dong Ding. Really fascinating tea! It has a lot to offer.
- Harvest Location : Dong Ding, Nantou, Taiwan
- Final Roasting Date : December, 2020
- Farming : Unsprayed
- Cultivar : Soft Stem [Ruan Zhi]