Tasting Notes: Full and balanced deep yellow liquor gives way to notes of toasty honey and wood.
From Lagu Township in Nantou County, Taiwan, comes this classic and highly prized style of oolong, Dong Ding. Also referred to as Tung Ting, this oolong is charcoal fired and deeply kissed by the roasting process. You'll find it wonderfully balanced with a unique sweetness reminiscent of honey and toast, accented by a dry woodiness that calls you back for more.
Produced with the expertise of Mr. Nen Yu, this is a tea showcases a combination of forces to simultaneously energize and ground. Sit with this tea steep after steep and experience the unfurling of the secrets within its leaves.
This lovely roasted oolong is best enjoyed over multiple steeps. Brewing in the traditional method with a gaiwan, you can anticipate the flavors unfurling over a full 6-7 steeps. Western brewing will yield closer to 3-4 cups. Remember to rinse your leaves first and brew for slightly longer intervals on each subsequent steep!
Oolong teas, often tightly twisted or rolled, may be first "rinsed" before being infused. To rinse the tea, simply cover it in 195 degree water directly in the pot. This water, after about twenty seconds, should be poured off. Pour new 195 degree water over the leaves and steep for 3-5 minutes depending on the tea and your taste. As with Pu Er, our high quality oolongs may be infused three or more times and will yield an uniquely expressive cup each time.
What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong is the broad family of teas that encompasses a range of oxidations of the tea leaves from 10% to 70% and is nestled between the families of the lesser oxidized greens and the more fully oxidized blacks. The Chinese have mastered the art of oxidation through centuries of crafting and have shared their craft with the Taiwanese, who have been producing exceptional oolongs for only a handful of decades. The type of cultivar grown, the geographical vastness and the a range of production techniques all contribute to this diversified category of tea. As a general rule, lesser oxidized oolongs have a tendancy to be more delicate and floral while more oxidized oolongs can be more woody, honeyed and fruity.
Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.