Dong Ding - Lu Gu Oolong

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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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.

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6768 tasting notes

Just realized I haven’t sent this one to Liberteas yet either! Eeeeeek! Well, it’s officially going into your next box! But I have to have one small cup before doing so :)


LOL Dong Ding is a hard one to part with! Thus far my favorite Oolong.

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4843 tasting notes

I have to agree with TeaEqualsBliss (who sent me some of this tea – thanks!) … this does smell like buttered squash. It’s really a mouthwatering smell. It’s been a while since I’ve roasted a squash and the smell of this and my taste buds reaction to the scent is telling me I’d better add a winter squash to the grocery list.

The flavor is delightfully complex. I taste buttery, creamy notes, hints of butternut squash and roasted chestnuts. Sweet floral notes – orchid? Perhaps … A very light astringency to this one, it leaves the palate feeling clean and invigorated. But mostly what I taste with this tea is the buttery tones. It’s a sweet … almost browned butter kind of taste. Savory yet sweet and very yummy.

A really good Oolong.

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