Translation: Frozen peaks
Alternative name: Tung Ting
Production area: Nantou, at an altitude of 1,650 to 2,600 feet (500 to 800 m)
Harvest season: April, June, September and November
Cultivar: Qing Xin
Leaf: Dark green half-spheres with red edges. Brew: Rich yellow, sweet scent with a hint of osmanthus flower and lingering aftertaste.
Scoop: Brought to Taiwan from Mainland China in the 1860's, Dong Ding (Tung Ting) was found to thrive on its eponymous mountain. The earthquake of 1999 left Dong Ding plantations untended, when rediscovered, the tea had a new, sweet flavor from cicada deposits. Dong Ding is now grown without pesticides.
Character: The young leaves and buds brew a pale greeny-golden cup that has a superb flavour and a subtle floral aroma. It is one of the finest green oolongs.
Brewing Tips: Brew 3g (0.l0oz) in 200ml (7fl oz) water at 85°C (185°F) for 1-2 minutes. Strain and add more water for several more short steepings.
Tasting notes: The satiny leaves rolled into tight beads are a very dark green. The infusion gives off a powerful bouquet lilac, vanilla and clover honey. The golden liquid gleams with lovely hints of pale green. Aromas of narcissus and peony fill the mouth with roundness against a background of ripe peach and butter. The unctuous texture leads to a long finish in which the floral aftertaste combines with a fresh vegetal note.
Brewing Dongding Oolong at home
Take out tea sets and make a cup of tea for your family at leisure time at home, and enjoy the beauty and feel a sense of happiness.
Preparation of tea sets / purple sand teapot, fair cups, tea cups, tea tray, tea holder, tea caddy, and tea props
Preparation of water /100℃ boiling water
Selection of tea / Dongding Oolong
1 Fetch appropriate amount of tea from tea caddy.
2 Pour water into the purple sand teapot, fair cup, tea cups, and warm these utensils.
3 Put some tea with a teaspoon into the pot.
4 Pour some water into the pot till tea soup overflows.
5 Scrape off the floating foam and cover the pot with a lid.
6 Filter the tea soup into fair cup.
7 Distribute the tea soup in fair cup to each smelling cup.
8 Buckle the tea cup on the smelling cup, touch the bottom of the smelling cup with both index fingers and overturn the two cups to pour the tea soup to the tea cup from the smelling cup.
9 Pick up the smelling cup, rub hands and smell the tea fragrance.
10 Drink the tea.
1 The amount of Dongding Oolong should be about 1/4 pot.
2 The brewing method of Dongding Oolong from Taiwan can be adopted. The smelling cup is helpful for appreciating the true nature and flavor.
Recommended infusion method and accessory: The gong fu cha technique and a zhong or teapot.Brewing Dongding Oolong with purple clay teapot
Preparation of tea sets / the purple sand teapot, tea cups, smelling cups, tea caddy, tea holder, tea props, and tea tray.
Preparation of water / 95℃ above boiling water.
Selection of tea / Dongding Oolong.
1. Fetch proper amount of tea into the tea holder.
2. Pour the boiling water into the purple clay teapot, and then pour water into the smelling cups and tea cups.
3. Put some tea with a teaspoon into the purple clay teapot.
4. Pour a half pot of water and then quickly dispense water into the smelling cups and tea cups.
5. Brew tea until the tea soup overflows the spout.
6. Scrape off the floating foam with lid, rush it, and cover the lid.
7. Pour water from the smelling cups and tea cups into the tea tray or to flush the purple clay teapot.
8. Wipe the water outside the purple clay teapot with tea towel.
9. Pour tea soup into each smelling cup.
10. Put tea cup upside down in the smelling cup, and then steadily hold it up.
11. Quickly overturn the smelling cup and tea cup and put the tea into the tea cup.
12. Lift the smelling cup gently.
13. Rub the cup with hands and smell the fragrance.
14. Hold the cup with the thumb and index finger, and support the bottom with middle finger. Enjoy the tea.
When pouring tea soup to the tea cup，if not experienced, you can pour it directly from the smelling cup into tea cup and hold the smelling cup to feelthe aroma. For tureen, take the tureen to smell the fragrance. It doesn't need the smelling cup.
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