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"Frozen Summit" Dong Ding Oolong Tea (Taiwan)

$41.00

The Emperor of All under Heaven once asked the wise tea master Lao Cha:

– Tell me, what happened to the seed of the tea tree from the famous Wuyi Mountain that we sent to Taiwan almost two hundred years ago?

– It did very well, your majesty. It was planted in the dense forest, on the frozen summit of Dong Ding Mountain, 1000 meters above sea level. There it acquired its unmistakable fruity, honey, and caramel-like taste. When you drink this tea, you’ll feel like you are eating a cookie.


One exceptional Taiwanese tea is Dong Ding Oolong. It is indeed a common Taiwanese favorite. Other well-known names for this loose leaf oolong tea are Tung Ting, Frozen Summit, or Frozen Peak. Tea enthusiasts believe that farmers initially brought the tea plant, Qing Xin, from the Anxi Mountain of Fujian Province, China, and replanted it on Dong Ding Mountain in Taiwan.  

The environment in which the tea grows is a direct correlation to the name "Frozen Summit." In fact, Dong Ding, or Frozen Summit, is the name of the mountain itself. There, farmers plant the tea trees at an altitude of 1000 meters – just a few meters off to be called high mountain tea. The tea garden gets plenty of sunshine in the mornings, but fog covers it entirely in the afternoons. Indeed, this is a unique attribute of the Dong Ding area. Naturally, high altitude, dense forest, and good soil create favorable growing conditions for the tea trees. Thus, all of the above factors result in the strong, easily recognizable oolong tea taste and the sweet aftertaste of a typical Dong Ding Oolong Tea.

Farmers produce our Dong Ding Oolong using traditional production methods. To illustrate, a classic version of Dong Ding Tea involves roasting it at a low temperature for several hours. The result - an incredibly comforting, toasty taste with multiple complex layers of flavor and aroma. However, nowadays, many farmers also choose to produce a non-roasted version of this tea because it is multiple times easier to produce and because many people enjoy the slightly more floral taste. 

When sipping this Taiwanese tea, enjoy the sweet and fruity taste of the lightly peach-colored brew alongside the finishing nutty notes. Truly, with all the various profiles of the tea combined, the tea connoisseur gets a warming taste of freshly baked oatmeal cookies, yet a refreshing feeling. 

Classic Taiwanese oolongs, like our Dong Ding Tea, come tightly rolled into balls. We recommend choosing a teapot that gives it ample space to open and expand. Gaiwan is also quite suitable for brewing this delicious Asian tea. 

 

  • Place of Origin: Dongding, Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
  • Harvest Date: May 2021
  • Roast: Medium
  • Dry Leaf: Tightly rolled semi-ball shape
  • Aroma:  Roasted, oatmeal cookie aroma
  • Taste: Sweet, roasted flavor with fruity notes. Slight caramel and honey finish.
  • Tea Bush: C.sinensis cv. Qingxin (Chin Shin Oolong)

   

Brewing guidelines:

       205℉ / 95℃ 

6g per 500ml   3-4min

     6g per 120ml   10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion 


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