High Mountain Heritage Dong Ding Oolong Tea, Lot 743

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apple, Bitter, Broth, Earth, Honey, Lavender, Meat, Mineral, Parsley, Raisins, Sweet, Thick, Vegetables, Vegetal, Wet Rocks, Wood
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Loose Leaf
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • “Here’s a well balanced, intricate, and full-bodied Dong Ding – one that I would happily reorder given its reasonable price. It has the right amount of roasting to drink young. Maybe as the only...” Read full tasting note
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With Lot 743, we continue the tradition of sourcing the best spring tea, allowing it to mellow and baking it to perfection at the end of the year. No wonder this has become one of our flagship teas. Just as the previous years, we’ve commissioned the same reputable tea producer to make an exclusive lot for us of higher-oxidized high mountain oolong, as the tradition requires. We only commission spring or winter productions of this tea as they tend to offer more aromatic material in the leaf and a better tannic balance. This particular lot is made with tea produced this spring. After a mellowing rest of a full 6 months, the baking craftsmanship of our tea master was put in motion in late October. The tea has been given a 3 step slow baking process to better highlight its smooth deep character and generous texture. A quick rinsing of the leaves will wake the wonderful roasted aromas which are both inquisitive and familiar with distinct caramel sweetness but a closer introspection will reveal intricate layers of more pungeant floral and wood aromas. A first infusion will reveal a deep nut brown liqueur which signals that we are in the presence of a deeper level of roasting. The liqueur is thick and multi-layered in mellow bitter-sweet, nutty and spicy feeling that lingers long after swallowing. The liqueur has a good body and a nice thickness and is full of flavour and the floral intricacy of wild honey. Extremely generous in re-steepings! We will humbly state that this tea holds a lot of promise if allowed to mellow and age. This Lot 743 follows in the footsteps of our previous lots with great pride! Indulge!

Style of tea: Baked Oolong Tea
Picking Date: Winter 2016
Oxidation level: Medium-Low
Baking Level: Multi-step oven baking
Terroir: Meishan
Administrative Region: Chiayi County
Picking Style: Hand Picked
Cultivar: Qing Xin
Garden Elevation: 1100 m

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Here’s a well balanced, intricate, and full-bodied Dong Ding – one that I would happily reorder given its reasonable price. It has the right amount of roasting to drink young. Maybe as the only drawback I would mention that the taste is a bit muted and the aftertaste somewhat simple.

Dry leaf aroma is very nice and memorable already. It has a somewhat earthy and cooling base with notes of apple, parsnip, and beeswax on top. During the session, the scent is also fairly complex and mostly floral with some complementary vegetal and sweet, woody tones.

The taste is well balanced, but overall skewed towards mineral and savoury flavours. Bitterness and sweetness are present too, the latter especially in the aftertaste. Specific notes includes ones like bone broth, raisins, butter, lavender, and parsnip.

As I mentioned already, liquor is thick and has a very nice brothy and bubbly mouthfeel. The chh qi is pleasant too and mind clarity inducing.

All in all, a lovely tea that I can definitely recommend.

Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Broth, Earth, Honey, Lavender, Meat, Mineral, Parsley, Raisins, Sweet, Thick, Vegetables, Vegetal, Wet Rocks, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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