Smooth & Elegant
Appearance & Taste
Our Dong Ding Oolong Tea leaves are hemispherical in appearance, very tight and knotted; they are usually blackish green in colour. The tea soup is honey golden with a hint of green. The taste is rich, combining a floral flavour with that lingering aftertaste. There is also a slight flavour of caramel incense. The tea feels smooth in the mouth, with an elegant, delicate and long-lasting aroma.
Adjust the amount of tea based on your own taste
For simple glass vessel / teapot brewing:
You can brew less tea leaves with more hot water for longer brewing time. Use 1.5 teaspoons of the tea for 125ml teacup, 3 teaspoons for 250ml glass or 6 teaspoons for 500ml teapot.
For Ti Kwan Yin (Tieguanyin) or Taiwan Oolong tea, using 100°C hot water to infuse tea leaves for around 2-5 minutes. Re-steep for around one further infusion. (Adjust by personal taste)
For Gongfu Style:
- Warm the Gaiwan/tiny teapot with hot water; discard the water afterwards
- Add 1g Oolong tea for every 20ml – 30ml of water (recommend 5g to 8g tea leaves, adjust by personal taste)
- Pour hot water (100 °C) into the clay teapot / Gaiwan, tilt it, slowly rotating it two times and quickly discard the water (this step is for waking up tea leaves and stimulating the special aroma of the oolong tea)
- Refill clay teapot/Gaiwan with hot water
- Infuse tea for around 40s for first brew, extending extra 15s infusion time for the following brew.
- Pour the steeped tea into serving cup and divided into small teacups and serve
- Repeat 5-7 times for Ti Kwan Yin (Tieguanyin) or Taiwan Oolong tea
Dongding Mountain, Taiwan
Dong Ding Mountain is located in the foothills of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range and north of the renowned scenery of the Alishan area of Central Taiwan. The altitude of tea plantations in the area is normally between 600 and 1,800 metres (tea grown above 1,000 metres is considered ‘high mountain tea’). The climate is cold, with much cloud cover and fog in the morning and at night, and the average day is short; this comes together to mean the bitter substances contained in tea buds and leaves are reduced while the sweeter flavours increase. Furthermore, due to the large temperature differences between day and night, the tea tree grows more slowly, which leads to thicker layers of mesophyll in the tea leaves and higher pectin content. This gives Dong Ding Oolong Tea an almost endless sweet aftertaste.