• Charcoal roasted Dong Ding Oolong, Taiwan

Ancient Sun – Dong Ding 凍頂烏龍茶

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Variety: Dong Ding Oolong,  medium roasted – 40% oxidisation

Origin:  Yong Long Village, Dong Ding Mountain, Nantou, Taiwan

Elevation: 750m

Farmer:  Mr. Liu 劉先生

Harvest: April 2014

Taste:  roasted honey, tobacco, nutty, bright, and aromatic

Essence: warming, meditative, grounded

Pairings: roasted squash, artichokes, lamb, dried apricots

Brewing: 3g (1 tbs) per 200 ml purified water 90-95˚, 30 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase steeping time with each infusion to taste.

Storage: airtight, dry, and dark

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Dong Ding or Tung- ting is an illustrious tea mountain in Taiwan; a country that is revered for its artisan oolong tea makers.  This particular Dong Ding was harvested and cured this spring by artisan farmer and renown Lu Gu Farmer’s Association Tea Competition judge Mr.Liu.  The teas unique flavour is attributed to the farms rich red soil, which was left fallow for several years and re-nutrified with natural compost and crushed seashells.  This flourishing grove is maintained without the use of chemicals, weed killers, or fertilizers, and only a minimal amount of water soluble pesticides.

Legend holds a Taiwanese scholar by the name of Lin Feng Chi wanted to enter the Imperial Examination, which was held in Fujian, China. Although Lin Feng Chi was from a poor family his ancestral village in Fujian admired his positive attitude and intelligence and rallied around him raising the fee. Before he left his home, his relatives reminded him to visit his ancestral home and thank them in person.

As fate would have it, Lin Feng Chi excelled during the Imperial Examination and ascended into officialdom. He visited his ancestral village in Wuyishan with gifts and his heartfelt gratitude. When he returned to Taiwan, he brought with him 36 tea seedlings, which were planted, on Dong Ding in the Lugu village.

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