Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dong Ding Oolong Tea / 凍頂烏龍


Dong Ding Oolong tea was originally planted in Deer Valley (Lugu), Nantou. It started from Dong Ding Mountain and was gradually cultivated and expanded to Zhangya Village, Phoenix Village, and Yunglung Village and later to the whole town of Deer Valley (Lugu). “South Dong Ding” and North Pouchong” are the two most famous and most representative Tea in Taiwan.

Dong Ding is mainly a half fermented tea made from the Qingxing Oolong tea tree. Traditionally, the degree of fermentation is about 30%. The unique aspect about this tea production process is that after drying, the leaves are rolled with cloth repeatedly as a ball to go through the kneading and twisting procedure to make the half fermented half spherical shape. The procedure is called “cloth kneading” or “hot kneading and twisting”. The taste of the traditional Dong Ding Oolong tea is roasted with a fruity, honey aroma. This is also the traditional procedure that Fang Gourmet Tea insists on.

Characteristics of Dong Ding Oolong

* Hand picked, one bud three leaves or one bud two leaves

* Tea leaves are half spherical, color is dark green with faint golden fringe

* After brewing, tea color is bright golden yellow to amber, fragrance is ripe fruity or strong floral, with a rich, mellow, sweet and smooth taste, and long lingering sweet aftertaste along with a evident roasted aroma.

* When leaves unfold, its appearance includes ash spots like frog skin, leaves curled up like shrimp ball, light green leaves with red inlay at the edges known as “green leaf scarlet fringe” or “green stalk, green belly, red fringe”.

Production Environment

Dong Ding Mountain is situated 743 meters above sea level, with an average temperature of 25 degree Celsius, and always surrounded by clouds and fog. With the right temperature and humidity along with suitable soil, the oolong tea produced is famous worldwide and the name of the place Dong Ding also became synonymous with Oolong tea.

We will be featuring this tea at our upcoming tea tasting event in NYC from June 11th to June 13th for all tea lovers to enjoy.










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