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Superfine Taiwan Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea
Nutty and roasted, sweet and mellow
Nutty and roasted, sweet and mellow
Dongding, Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
May 5, 2018
Tightly rolled semi-ball shape
Bright yellow in color
Sweet and thick, baked tastes with notes of fruit and floral fragrance,
slight caramel and honey aftertaste, endurable infusions
C.sinensis cv.Qingxin (Chin Shin Oolong)
Dalun Shan Tea Garden
Moderate caffeine (less than 20% of a cup of coffee)
Store in airtight, opaque packaging; keep refrigerated
An endurable baked Dong Ding Oolong Tea that can be brewed for more than 8 infusions.
In Taiwan Oolong Tea, Dong Ding Oolong Tea is an excellent kind highly praised by tea lovers all over the world. Dong Ding Oolong Tea is named after its production place, Dongding Mountain, Nantou. 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.
Chinese Gongfu Method
|Teacup: 12oz / 355ml||Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml|
|212℉ / 100℃||212℉ / 100℃|
|3 Teaspoons / 5g Tea||8g Tea|
|Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins||7 steeps: rinse, 20s,30s,40s,50s,70s,90s,120s|
|Rinse time is around 5 seconds|
Dalun Shan Tea Garden locates in Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan. The tea is planted in the area at the altitude of 1000 meters. This High Mountain tea is known as its obvious floral fragrance. 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.
Taiwan High Mountain Tea
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).
The Difference between High Mountain Tea and Low Altitude Tea
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 with 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.
Under the high mountain and cold condition, processing Gao Leng tea will be extremely hard. 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.
Mr. Lui, who is the sixth generation owner of his family tea business, built the highest tea garden in Taiwan, which is on Fushou Mountain near Lishan Mountain.
In 2006, Taiwan hosted the World Famous Tea Expo. Mr. Lui was one of the sponsors. He also founded the Taiwan Tea Roasting Technical Seminar. Besides of tea, he is also experienced in the firing skill of porcelain tea wares.
Lui keeps a unique understanding of building a tea garden. He said that the key of building a tea garden is to make the environment, soil, weather be integrated with the tea. He also mentioned that water is the most powerful kind of material to memorize information. 80% content of fresh tea leaf is water. The water will carry the characteristics of soil and weather into the tea leaves. Then they can make delicious tea and sweet tea liquid.
When talked about picking fresh tea leaves, Mr. Lui said except being tender, the fresh leaf must be thick and fleshy, as well as in bright green color. This is the requirement of picking for making good High Mountain tea.
Lui thinks that every business is competitive, except for tea. The speciality and high quality of Taiwan tea makes it unreplaceable. He said: no matter what you do, tea business or others, you need to seek for the joy of the business. When talking about tea, talking about Fushou Mountain, talking about high mountain tea, I feel joyful in my heart.
Mr. Lui and TeaVivre Founder Angel Chen
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 around 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.
Qingxin Oolong is a kind of wild species and belongs to small leaf species. The tea plant is short, has dense bunches and thick leaf. The leaf is soft and elastic in glossy and deep green color. Presently, this specie mainly grows in the villages in Chiayi County, Taiwan, like Ali Village, Wenshan Village, Haishan Village, as well as Mingjian Village and Lugu Village in Nantou County.
Oolong tea was first developed during the early 1700's in the Fujian area of China. As a cross between non fermented green teas, and the fully fermented black teas, that combines the best of both in a single tea, Oolong teas quickly became popular all through eastern China and Taiwan. Nowadays Anxi is the biggest producing area of Oolong tea, with the representative Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea.
In the year 1855, Linfengchi removed Oolong tea trees from the Wuyi Mountains in the Fujian Province of China and traveled to DongDing, which is in Lugu, Taiwan. Once he arrived in Taiwan, he replanted the tea trees, beginning the history of the Dong Ding Oolong, one of Taiwan's most famous teas. During 1858, a British company at that time called Jardine Mantheson & Co. bought semi-finished Oolong tea from Taiwan, spreading it around the world.