Dong Ding - Lu Gu Oolong
This tea was grown on Dong Ding Mountain in the Lu Gu township in Nantou County (the only landlocked county in Taiwan) and picked in early winter 2009. Lu Gu is the township in Taiwan that produces the most tea, and is at about 750 meters elevation, with a cold and misty climate that is ideal for growing high quality teas.
This tea, like most Dong Ding oolongs, is made from the Chin Xing oolong leaf varietal. The leaf is tightly rolled and bright green from low levels of oxidation (about 30%). They slowly unfurl after multiple steepings into 2 or 3 leaves and a bud.
The flavor is lightly vegetal and citric with a sweet, floral aroma. Notes of summer squash and lilac underline this buttery Dong Ding. It is full-flavored and complex with light astringency that balances with the floral sweetness at the tip of the tongue.
This tea is best brewed in a gaiwan at 180-200 degrees for 20-40 seconds at a time, or until the water turns a pale yellow-green. It can be steeped 4-7 times, with a full-bodied brew each time.