2017 Dong Ding Traditional A

Ripe Fruit, Toasty, Thick, Juicy

Our long time friend Mr. Su, the grumpy Dong Ding farmer, is very specific about is tea. He has maintained a traditional tea making style over the years because he believes in what he is doing. Looking out on Mr. Su's tea garden it looks like a mess! Peanut shells litter the ground (natural fertilizer) under his bushes and the plants have all but gone wild. This is the kind of tea we like to drink. This is a very nice, natural environment for the tea to grow up in. It is very satisfying to drink tea like this.

We call this tea a traditional style oolong because it is more oxidized than modern oolong, and it has gone through a long process called "lang qing" to evenly distribute natural enzymes throughout the leaf. The focus of this tea is the broth rather than the fragrance. Neither wildly fragrant nor dark or intense, swaying neither too far one way or the other, this tea is full bodied, balanced, has a long structured finish and is pleasantly round. This is a soulful, traditional tea which will please tea drinkers of all levels.

The broth is very soft, full and round in the mouth. It can stand up to long infusions and become invigorating and thick without becoming unpleasantly astringent. It stimulates the throat on its way down with a buzzy warmth. Notes of ripe stone fruit and a slight toasty taste come out in the aftertaste, which lingers deep in the throat and resonates there a long time. This is a very engaging tea for a great value.

Harvested in Dong Ding Mountain, Nantou County, Taiwan ~ 2017 Spring ~ Soft Stem  (AKA Ruanzhi) Cultivar ~ Unsprayed