Gu Xiang Hand-plucked Dong Ding Oolong Tea Loose leaves

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong, Oolong Tea, Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Nutty, Rice, Roasted, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Low
Certification
Fair Trade, Vegan
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Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 45 oz / 1330 ml

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  • “I opened the pouch and took a whiff of the rolled leaves, finding the nutty, vegetal fragrance warm and inviting. It also reminds me of honey-coated puffed wheat somehow. I first rinsed the leaves...” Read full tasting note
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Gu Xiang, another version of roasted Dong Ding, hand-plucked leaves of Qing Xing cultivar, is grown in the Nantou region of Taiwan at the elevation of 800 meters. The leaves absorb moisture from the surrounding fog and clouds every morning and afternoon which is ideal for Oolong plants. Due to the unique geographic location and stringent selection of leaves, this is the finest Dong Ding Oolong from the Nantou tea estate.
The traditional roasting technique with Dong Ding processing creates an unforgettable extremely roasted grain flavor from the very first sniff to the dry leaves. Firstly tasted mellow with the mild fragrance and then a sweet aftertaste quickly rising from the throat makes it famous for decades to all over the world. This tea is perfect for people who prefer the roasted taste with nutty notes of oolong tea, drinking Gu Xiang Dong Ding Oolong Tea is definitely an exclusive choice and also an enjoyable lifestyle for all tea lovers.

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I opened the pouch and took a whiff of the rolled leaves, finding the nutty, vegetal fragrance warm and inviting. It also reminds me of honey-coated puffed wheat somehow.

I first rinsed the leaves with hot water. Then I used water at approximately 85C, with 45ml of water per 2g of leaf to begin this tasting. As the leaves opened up, I added a little more water in 15ml increments.

In the gaiwan I started with a 20 second infusion time, and added 5 seconds to the infusion time with each successive steep. The aroma was sweet, nutty, and inviting. At first sip, my impression was of almonds and sticky rice. The vegetal green notes are very present, with mild, complimentary roasting notes and the nutty sweetness. The liquor is an appealing sunny straw yellow. It reminds me of springtime, but also of autumn, and strikes me as a tea that would be lovely to enjoy any time of year. The flavours shifted subtly as I continued re-infusing. A sweet almondy aftertaste lingered in the back of my throat. Sometimes a little more ‘green’ would peek out, sometimes more almonds and honey, sometimes I tasted more minerals. I continued on for a good 10 infusions, truly enjoying each one. The final steep, I allowed to sit for a few solid minutes for a grand finale. This final burst of flavour also has a foggy undertone and has left me with a fond memory.

Flavors: Almond, Nutty, Rice, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 45 OZ / 1330 ML

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