Dong Ding Traditional A


Our long time friends Mr. and Mrs. Su are very specific about their tea. They have maintained a traditional tea making style over the years because they believe in the tea of their ancestors.

The bushes that this tea is harvested from are essentially left to grow wild. They are old, with lichen and moss growing on the thick trunks of these shrubs. By not interfering with the natural process, the bushes that survive become strong and resilient. Tea harvested from these bushes has a depth of character that isn't possible with large production tea. It makes us happy!

This tea is "Traditional" in the sense that it was processed the way Dong Ding has been processed for decades. It has a deeper, more full feeling broth than many modern oolongs (high mountain or baozhong for exmample) because it has gone through a longer "lang qing" process to evenly distribute natural enzymes throughout the leaf. It's also withered in natural sunlight -- never in big air conditioned facilities of bigger tea factories -- which affords the tea a very clean, natural profile.

The focus of this tea is the broth, which is juicy and thick. Sensation from the broth can be felt in the throat, which develops into a long, sweet aftertaste.

This is a soulful oolong. It can be pleasant grandpa style, and it can be stretched for more meditative sessions. If you are interested in learning more deeply about tea, and anything about this description seems novel to you, please try it for yourself. This tea is a great teacher. Alternatively, if you like a good tasting, strong, clean oolong tea that grand-daddy would be happy to sip, you, too, should do yourself a favor and try this tea.


Mrs. Su treated this batch to a deep roast, pulling out more richness and dark stone fruit aromas. Taste is thick and mineral with a long finish.

Tacky, grippy texture gives the broth weight and leaves a long lasting impression. Full and warm in the throat, melting into the body with a potent buzz.

Especially lively tea while retaining Dong Ding's stoic, heroic character.


  • Harvest Location : Dong Ding, Nantou, Taiwan
  • Harvest Date : 2022 April
  • Roast Date : 2022 June
  • Cultivar : Soft Stem [Ruan Zhi Zhong]
  • Farming : Unsprayed

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