Charcoal Roast Traditional Dong Ding Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Beans, Cherry, Citrus Zest, Coffee, Cream, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mineral, Mushrooms, Roasted, Stewed Fruits
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Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “A relatively mediocre Dong Ding. I got the 2021 harvest of this sample from my Mountain Streams order, and it kind of just reminds me of a typical supermarket roasted oolong, but with a few things...” Read full tasting note
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Grown and charcoal roasted within a stone’s throw of the famous Dong Ding “Lake” on the Dong Ding plateau, this is about as authentic a Dong Ding Oolong as is possible to get. Charcoal roasted at 120C for 8 hours, twice, this spring grown, mid oxidized tea is rich and deep, full of complex fruit, roast and caramel flavors. It has similarities to our electric roasted Old Master Dong Ding but has stronger and richer flavors brought on by the charcoal roasting.

The roaster of this tea is the nephew of the Old Master who makes our Old Master Dong Ding, and deserves the name Master as well. 360 days a year he roasts tea at his home on the Dong Ding plateau, checking the temperature and profile of his teas every 15 minutes, 8+ hours a day. It is an amazing sight to see, smell, and taste, and one that we will be happy to share with you once Mountain Stream Tea Tours begin again.

The Dong Ding area is steeped in tradition and has rather rigid agricultural practices. We have looked for years for an agrochemical free grown authentic Dong Ding Oolong but haven’t found one. Yet. This tea is conventionally grown and we have chosen to include this tea for its authenticity. For more information, see here.

Other teas from this garden: Unroasted Traditional Dong Ding Oolong, Charcoal Heavy Roast Traditional Dong Ding Oolong, Charcoal Mid-Roast Dong Ding Oolong

Elevation: 900m

Status: Conventional

Cultivar: Qin Xin Oolong

Season: Spring, 2020

Oxidization: 35%, Light-Mid Charcoal Roast, 120C for two 8 hours sessions

Method: Hand picked, processed on site, very small batch

Region: Dong Ding, Nantou

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~100C water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 4-5 steeps.

Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~100c water for 2 minutes. Lasts 2-3 steeps. Very suited to western style brewing!

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A relatively mediocre Dong Ding. I got the 2021 harvest of this sample from my Mountain Streams order, and it kind of just reminds me of a typical supermarket roasted oolong, but with a few things done better. Beautiful rolled leaves, with an incredibly vibrant and semi-active liquor, with a deep and rich aroma in the dry and wet leaf. However, the flavour albeit decent, lacked complexity and strength, and the texture as well as finish & aftertaste was quite thin and lacking. No noticeable cha-qi and an average longevity brings this tea down to something that is just… mediocre.

Flavors: Beans, Cherry, Citrus Zest, Coffee, Cream, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mineral, Mushrooms, Roasted, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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