A traditional Dong Ding oolong finished over charcoal roasting pit by our tea teacher in Taiwan, Master Zhan.
A element that gets misunderstood about this tea — particularly, I think, because of the name — is its softness. Tea that comes out of our teacher’s roasting basket can run the gambit from muscular and weighty to quiet and delicate, but there is an elemental softness that runs through all of his teas and this Charcoal Dong Ding is no exception.
It presents a rich and robust aroma, but upon further inspection the broth is exquisitely gentle and round in the mouth. It is actually this softness that gives the tea its ability to penetrate with a soft power that gets deep into the tissues and relaxes the body.
So, what makes it ‘Charcoal’ Dong Ding? It’s not that it tastes like charcoal, but that it has the ability to gently penetrate like the radiant heat from a charcoal fire.
- Harvest Location : Dong Ding, Nantou, Taiwan
- Final Roasting Date : September, 2023
- Farming : Unsprayed
- Cultivar : Soft Stem [Ruan Zhi]