Dung Ding Oolong Loose Leaf Tea from Taiwan has very smooth, light floral notes and an orchid-like harmony with a haunting finish.
This Formosa Oolong is named after Mount Dung Ding whose fertile slopes produce some of the worlds finest teas.Tea production began here in the 1850’s when tea planters from the Chinese province of Fujian emigrated to the small island and recognized its potential for growing Camellia sinensis.
Oolong means “Black Dragon” as it was thought the very complex character of Oolong tea was similar to the spirit of the mythical creature. Formosa Oolongs are semi-fermented teas which actually undergo a 60% shorter fermentation period than other Oolongs resulting in a very complex character and taste.
Entirely handmade the leaf is stunning and when infused is smoother than black tea, less grassy than green and has an orchid like balance and harmony.
Many centuries ago a Chinese philosopher noted that the leaves of Oolong teas…
-should have creases like the leather boot of a Tatar horseman,
-should curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock’ and
-should unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine’.
We think Dung Ding Oolong certainly fits this description well and is a tea which is hard to resist.
20 to 25 cups of tea can be made from 2 oz of loose leaf tea.
Steep this tea multiple times as loose leaf teas have far more flavor than traditional tea bags due to the superior quality and freshness. Tea strength is a personal decision, so please experiment to determine your preferences.
The recommended way to best enjoy your Dung Ding Oolong Tea is to briefly infuse with boing water for 30 seconds or a minute, then poured off. (Confession time! seems such a waste so we usually drink this infusion too. Experiment and decide for yourself.)
Use boiling water and allow your Dung Ding Oolong Tea to steep as little as 3 minutes or as much as 6 minutes. For each of the following steeps use boiling water and double the steep time. Dung Ding Oolong Tea can be steeped at least 3 times and depending on the steep times, as many as 6 times. Also, consider blending the first steep with the following steeps to balance the tea.
Like all Oolongs Dung Ding Oolong is best drunk without milk and sugar. And be sure to try this Oolong iced, as you will find it to be very refreshing and thirst quenching.
Store in a dry place.