This exquisite medium-light roast oolong tea was grown and processed in
the famous Li Shan (Pear Mountain) growing region, and it was
roasted/finished in the Taipei area by a specialized tea roaster. To
our taste, it represents a near-perfect union of impeccably grown and
processed high mountain tea leaves and expert finishing by a true master of the art of roasting
tea. When infused, it produces a moderately full bodied liquor that
boasts distinctive, lightly citrus-tinged sweet, floral notes
complemented beautifully by a lightly caramelized sweetness from the
careful roasting process in the lovely, long-lasting bittersweet finish.
These cakes are a CNNP production from a small factory
using the Menghai Tea Factory 8582 blend/recipe. The cakes were stored traditionally in Hong
Kong from the time of production until around 2005, when they were
brought to Taipei. We selected them during our visit to Taipei in
December, 2014, and we have been letting them adjust to our drier
climate in North Texas since they arrived in January, 2015. The clear, dark reddish-brown liquor is deep, woody-sweet and clean with
moderately thick mouthfeel and excellent aftertaste that builds nicely
over a series of infusions.
These well aged tea cakes were stored beautifully in an environment that was
neither too dry nor too wet in both Hong Kong and Taipei over the past
25-30 years. When infused, the clear, dark reddish-brown liquor
is exceptionally clean, smooth and soft in the mouth with a fantastic "damp
leaves on the forest floor in Autumn"-type woody-sweetness and a mellow,
sweet aftertaste that builds beautifully over a series of infusions.
This traditional style Dong Ding is the
quintessential medium roast Taiwan Oolong tea. Mid-oxidized Qing Xin
Oolong variety tea leaves have been roasted slowly and carefully by
our friend, a specialist in the art of traditional oolong roasting,
to create a finished tea that is well balanced, toasty, smooth and
bittersweet. The infusion feels thick in the mouth, and the flavors
of umami-rich greens, flowers, toasted nuts and just a hint of sweet
spice mingle with a toasty caramelized-sweetness into the sweet and
exceptionally long-lasting finish.