We have included this tea for the tea nerds among us, and as a learning tool for those that are passionate about tea. This tea is roasted more than the Traditional Dong Ding Oolong, but less than the Heavy-Charcoal Roasted Traditional Dong Ding. Roasted at 130C for three 8 hour sessions, it is oxidized more than the Traditional(30-35%) as well, matching the Heavy Roast(40%) in that respect. It still has a touch of the complex fruit flavors of the lower roasted and oxidized teas, but it has more of the roast and caramelized sweetness of the higher roasted and oxidized teas. It is right in the middle between the two, and we have included it for that reason!
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.
Oxidization: 40%, Mid-Charcoal Roast, 130C for three 8 hour sessions
Method: Hand picked, processed on site, 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!
**This tea is traditional, and strong. It is not a beginners tea. The Old Master Dongding series of teas is much more accessible for most tea drinkers. There are a few that will love this tea, but many that will not. By all means try it! But perhaps, buy a sample before you buy a lot of it ;)