JING Taiwanese Dong Ding Oolong Tea

We had hoped to find a new oolong tea on our sourcing trip to Fujian, China in the autumn of 2016. It is often the case, though, that we can taste hundreds of different varieties - resulting in the feeling of ‘cha zui’ – or 茶醉 - (drunk on tea) – and not find what we’re looking for.

It’s important to taste many teas to contextualise our final choice, and we do this either directly at origin, or by requesting samples from our farmers. We discovered our new Taiwanese Dong Ding Oolong through the latter process, in December, at a regular tasting session and were delighted to discover such a fantastic example of an oolong at such an accessible price, meaning that it's a fantastic tea for customers looking to try Oolong for the first time, or for an every day affordable tea.

Dong Ding Oolong Tea

History

Oolong tea originated in China (considered the true home of tea) thousands of years ago and is what the area of Wuyi is most famous for. In the 1800s, an oolong cultivar was transported to Dong Ding in Taiwan and, although its roots are in China, Taiwanese oolongs have come to be regarded highly in their own right. The traditional origin of Dong Ding is the area around Dong Ding village and one of Taiwan’s tallest mountains in Lugu Township, Nantou County. The name Dong Ding simply means ‘Frozen Peak’.

Sourcing

Our Dong Ding is sourced from a nearby mountain, and made in the style of traditional Dong Ding. It’s a rolled oolong with some oxidisation, and with medium to heavy roasting. Mr Chen, from the family ‘Chen Jia’ tea garden, has worked closely with us to roast to our specification, which errs on the lighter side of roasting; it’s just the way we prefer it and it helps to retain the lovely floral notes that this tea presents. Mr Chen sells all of his tea to a close relative in Mingjian Township, Nantou County, and the tea is roasted for us there.

Dong Ding Vital Statistics

Cultivar: Jinxuan Oolong

Tea Type: Oolong

Oxidisation Level: Medium-light

Country/Region: Taiwan | Dong Ding

Tea Garden: Chen Jia

Picked in: Spring (April 2016)

Roasted in: December 2016

Dong Ding Oolong Tea

How to make Oolong Tea | Dong Ding

We like to experiment with making oolong, in ways that are more traditional to China and Taiwan, or simply to find our own style. By all means, we’d encourage the same if you’re confident with tea, but to get the best results at home, simply follow the instructions below.

Weight

Measure 5-grams.

Temperature

Boil your kettle to 100° for oolong teas.

Water

250ml of filtered, softened water.

Infuse

For 3-minutes. This tea can be infused up to two times.

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