Dong Ding oolong tea is grown on Dong Ding Mountain (also spelled "Tung Ting" and means "Frozen Peak"). Dong Ding Oolong is the tea that has taste and flavor which is well balanced. A velvety mouth feel transforms into a slightly drying finish with lasting flavors of honeydew. Dong Ding oolong tea has a full bodied flavor for a delicious and refreshing tea that is great served hot or cold.
Brief Health Info
The substance in the tea helps to prevent the decaying of teeth and halting the plaque build-up and also reduce the growth of glucosyltransferase. Polyphenolic compounds in Dong Ding Oolong can prevent overall oxidise, and Purine alkaloids have the function of clear free radicals, so that it can have effect of preventing aging.
Dong Ding oolong tea is grown around Dong Ding Mountain, a branch range of Phoenix Mountain in Nantou county, Taiwan. Dong Ding means "Frozen Summit." The altitude is 700-1000 meters. In Dong Ding Mountain grows a local tea cultivar called Qing-xin Oolong Cultivar, the main tea tree planted for making Dong Ding Oolong. Lugu town, the main producing area for Dong Ding Oolong, has annual average temperature of 22℃ and annual rainfall of 2200mm. The place has high atmospheric humidity and is always enshrouded in clouds and mists. The tea garden gets very strong sunshine in the morning, but completely covered by fog in the afternoon. Additionally, high altitude, dense forest and good soil create favorable growing conditions for tea trees. This environment causes the tea leaves to accumulate a lot of substances. That's the reason tea why tea produced at Dong Ding Mountain gives a very strong flavor and sweet after taste. You can easily recognize the difference once you've taste our tea.
The origin of Dong Ding tea dates back to 1841 when a scholar named Lin Feng Chi returned from China with a gift of 12 Qing Xin (Green Hearted) tea plants from the famous Wu Yi Mountain tea growing area in Fujian Province. He planted them on Dong Ding Mountain in Lugu Township, an area ideal for growing quality tea due to its cool, cloud and mist environment. The Lin tea farm has expanded since that time and is now managed by the 4th generation Lin family, who has inherited the traditional tea making techniques.
Q: Can you tell me what grade it is? usually, they have grade to identify quality of oolong or any other tea.
Thanks Posted on 2/9/15 by Tim
Reply: Dear Tim,
Thank you very much for writing to us.
Actually, different shops name the grade of teas based on different factors. So I think you can identity the quanlity of teas based on the color of the dried tea leaves and the brewed tea leaves, the smell of the the dried tea leaves and the brewed tea liquid and the shape of the teas, etc. So I think you can purchase the samples to taste first, then you can made a comparison with other tea shops' teas. Hope this is helpful for you.
Q: I'm an Oolong hobbyist wondering why you recommend a brewing temp of 100ºC for all your different Oolongs. Temperatures of anywhere from 70ºC to 100ºC are recommended for any one kind of Oolong by different online 'experts'. There doesn't seem to be much consistency among them, nor do any of them offer any explanations for their opinions. Is there any chance you could shed some light on this subject? Thank you! Posted on 2/20/13 by Marco
Reply: For the Oolong Tea, among the Oolong Teas now we have, we recommend 100ºC except the Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea which we recommend 85ºC. Because the Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea contains Tea leaves and Tea buds covered in white tips, it is tender and need lower temperature than other Oolongs which are most whole Tea leaves. Of course, it is not so strictly to use 100ºC, but we recommend temperature higher than 90ºC and 100ºC is best for most Oolongs.
Q: I've had a few different Dong Dings, and I was curious if this one is one of the greener, more floral ones, or if it is one that tastes more baked? Posted on 3/8/12 by Hannah Green
Reply: Hello Hannah, this Dong Ding Oolong is one of the greener, more floral one. It is a great choice for people who like lighter taste with natural floral aroma.