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In Taiwan Oolong Tea, Dong Ding Oolong Tea is an excellent kind highly praised by the world. Dong Ding is originally planted on Dongding Mountain, which is a branch of Phoenix Mountain, in Lugu Village, Nantou County, Taiwan. The tea is planted in the area at the altitude of 1000 meters. So this is also a High Mountain tea, which is known as its obvious floral fragrance. This Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea is made of the tea leaves from Qing Xin Oolong tea tree. By roasting the tea, this Dong Ding Oolong has thick and soft leaf, smooth and brisk tea liquid. Meanwhile the strong floral fragrance makes it taste rich. This is the reason that High Mountain tea is more excellent than low altitude tea. What’s more, this brings more opportunities for tea lovers to try different flavors.
The difference between Dong Ding Qing Xiang Oolong Tea (not roasted) and Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong is the process of roast. This process makes the Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding taste more mellow and full, has the special roasted sweet taste.
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Dong Ding Oolong Tea is a kind of Pouchong Tea. It is named after its production place, Dongding Mountain. Pouchong Tea refers to the oolong tea that is not heavily roasted. This Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea has one more procedure during processing than Dong Ding Qing Xiang, the roasting, which changes the tea’s floral aroma into the strong and mellow sweet flavor, and makes it smoother. Fragrant substances in tea leaves existing in the pattern that tender leaf, spring tea and high mountain tea contains higher amount than old leaf, summer tea and low altitude teas. This is the reason that spring tea and high mountain tea has high aroma.
In Taiwan, the teas planted above 800 meters high can be called as High Mountain Tea. Main representative High Mountain tea includes Ali Shan Oolong Tea (altitude between 1000 meters to 1500 meters), Ali Shan LuZhu Tea, Shan Ling Xi Oolong (altitude at 1600 meters), Li Shan Oolong Tea (altitude over 2000 meters), and Da Yun Lin High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea (altitude over 2500 meters).
Vertical Distribution of High Moutain Tea
Due to the cold, cloudy and short sunlight time, High Mountain tea is better in quality than teas grows in lower altitudes.
Normally, in Taiwan tea trees grown at the altitude less than 800 meters are called as low altitude tea. It is different from high mountain tea on the geological features and climate. Taiwan is a mountainous island. The mountain area covers almost 2/3 of its total area. With high mountains in the middle of the land and low coast surrounded, the island has wild water and good drainage. Climate here is more complicate. Mountainous geography allows monsoon climate and high mountain climate existing at the same time. Li Shan Oolong Tea grows in the area over 2000 meters high. Yet as we know, temperature declines 6 degrees for each kilometer the altitude rises. Therefore, the climate on Lishan Mountain is cool all year round. Tea leaf grows slowly, and is soft with elegant aroma and obvious floral scent. Moreover, the unique geography feature forms distinctive nutritious substances in the tea, which is the quality that low altitude tea doesn’t have.
But there is a question: can this place produce top quality Taiwan Gao Leng tea? The answer is not certain. Under the high mountain and cold condition, processing Gao Leng tea will be extremely hard, which can be seen from its expensive price. But why? The making of high quality oolong tea requires good material as well as good weather. Chinese people believe that when the weather favors us, it is the best time for making oolong tea. Good sunlight is needed; meanwhile the process must be quick. Nevertheless, the unstable weather on high mountain couldn’t allow the workers to make tea always in the best condition. In bad weathers, the Gao Leng tea wouldn’t have high quality. No wonder why top teas are always expensive. The result of making high quality teas are limited by many factors. However, if you have a chance to taste it, you will think it values.
Dong Ding is originally planted on Dongding Mountain, which is a branch of Phoenix Mountain in Lugu Village, Nantou County, Taiwan. That’s why it is called Dong Ding. The altitude there is around 800 meters to 1600 meters. Soil contains abundant organic matters, meanwhile the climate is moisture with plentiful water. Annual average temperature here is around 20℃.
Qing Xin Oolong tea tree is high quality specie, suitable for making Pouchong tea. The tree is bush. Leaf is oval, has thick mesophyll, and appears to be soft and smooth, slightly elastic. Its surface is glossy in deep green color. Buds have abundant pekoes, sprouting later than other species. The bud is green with light purple color.
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This tea smells lovely dry with rolled green leaves. It smells very nutty and roasted. I used 1.5tsp for my glass mug and infuser. When brewed, the leaves (of course) open up and are a little less green. The flavour is still quite vegetal but has a sweet overall roasted flavour. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy.
This tea is roasted well, it leans towards the greener side with some vegetal notes being prominent in all steeps, but it is balanced by a very sweet roast which brings out more mellow and earthy notes. The leaves are nice and thick, which is a sign of a good healthy plant, the stems are prominent and so the body of the tea lingers for a while. It has a very sweet aftertaste that progressively builds even from the first cup. This is a Qing Xin cultivar, so I detect some faint notes of sweet spices balanced by floral and fruity notes. The 4th steeping tasted of baked pears and cinnamon to me. Overall a great tea, it is priced competitively and tastes very well. I wish it held up to a few more infusions though.
This was a beautiful treat! I opened my package and revealed only a few little vibrant green glossy orbs. They carried a strong milky and vegetal aroma; moreover, I could hint a slight floral background. I placed these little gems in my warmed gaiwan and gave them a shake. This smooth scent became of creamy dried fruit with floral nectar sweetness. I began brewing right away. I washed these emeralds, and I brewed a few cups. The steeped leaves scent dropped to a deep vegetal tone with a sweetness of squash and melon. The flavor was simply amazing. This brew had a smooth and light body. The vegetal tone combined well with a refreshing sweetness and honey soothing quality. The leaves of this brew were unbelievably beautiful. The steeped long slender steeped leaves in my gaiwan were my favorite part of this tea session. The liquor was a pale jade, and it kept strong and soothing for 10+ steepings. The small amount that I had (5g) overfilled my gaiwan and lasted for a long tea session. This was definitely a treat for me, and I will be getting more of this someday!
This is a delicious oolong that is perfect to drink at work. Excellent when hot and becomes even sweeter as it gets cool. If it had more staying power I would rate it even higher but by the third steep, the flavor gets rather weak.
wonderful oolong. beginning to like it more and more
I used about 6g of leaf in my 100ml Gaiwan. This was a light roasted green oolong. It was nice for the cold afternoon. Even though this was a roasted oolong there were still hints of fruit and floral that seeped through the roasty flavor. I haven’t had too many oolongs that were moderately roasted. This was enjoyable tea, but not my favorite flavor profile.
I’ve opted to do a follow-up note on this tea as I am steeping it Western style and am curious how it will hold up. I am also happy to report that this samples doesn’t have any of the crushed leaves or powder that I encountered in my earlier sample. I feel badly for suggesting that it is a broken leaf tea when I apparently experienced an anomaly. As per Teavivres Western instructions, I am steeping the whole pouch in my Perfect Tea mug for one minute in boiling water. I’ve got to admit that despite my innate specticism about some of these steeping parameters, Teavivre is REALLY good about making them accurate to the specific tea. I tend to brew per my own general guidelines but following the exact directions for each tea yields a different (and sometimes better) result for the Teavivre teas. The dedication to optimal brewing per tea and per batch is remarkable, and much appreciated – even from a brewing sinner. After this minute in the boiling bath, I have a boldly aromatic tea with hints of cinnamon, spice, hay. I can smell it from across my desk, it has a note that suggests a potential bitterness, but is generally appealing. It also maybe smells a bit roasty, and perhaps a bit floral. First sips reflect the flavour quite well. Some sweet baking spice flavour, some roastiness, no bitterness or astringency. It reminds me of the Taiwan Oriental Beauty I sampled the other day. Very nice!
This tea is large rolled nuggets. It brews up a very dark, brown tea. It smells floral, sweet, vegetal, and roasty. The tea brews up lovely. The nuggets unfurled so large that they almost could not be contained in the regular sized tea basket. The dry nuggets were greenish in colour but the brewed tea leaves are more brown. The taste of the tea definitely has the flavours of a green oolong, vegetal, strongly floral, almost perfumey. But there is a light roast flavour on top of that. There is a strong buttery/creamy quality to the tea liquor.
Aside from the fact that I love the name 'dong ding', I really enjoyed this tea. I don't generally like green tea but this had the taste of a black tea but somehow seemed much lighter (as it is somewhere in the middle of a green tea and black tea)- I didn't need to add any milk. It also had a slightly floral fragrance and wasn't bitter like some green teas - I normally add a sweetener to black tea but this didn't need anything. I really enjoyed it and would definitely drink it again.
This was a very fine oolong which had a lovely mellow honey roast sweetness with strong hints of apple fruitiness on the first brewing. This gave way to a mix of floral and fruit notes whilst retaining that sweet honey 'roasted' taste which wasn't overpowering at all. A nice complex, balanced oolong which was a pleasure to drink, thanks to Teavivre.
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