This fabulous example of a Formosa Oolong is actually named after Mount Dung Ding, located in central Formosa, known these days as Taiwan. The fertile slopes of Mount Dung Ding are home to the world's finest Oolong tea plantations. Tea production first began in Taiwan in the 1850's when tea planters from the Chinese province of Fujian, home to some of the world's finest and most complex teas, emigrated to the small island nation. They recognized that the mountain climate and high elevations were optimal for Oolong production.
The literal English translation of Oolong is Black Dragon. The name was given to the tea because it was thought that the intensely complex character of Oolong teas was similar to the spirit of the mythical creature. Interestingly, Oolongs follow almost the same production as black tea. The major difference between the two is in its shorter fermentation period - Oolongs are often referred to as semi-fermented teas - Formosa Oolongs undergo a 60% shorter fermentation period. The result is a deeply complex tea that has characteristics of both black and green teas.
The tea is entirely handmade and has a stunning leaf. When infused, the tea is complex - smoother than black tea, less grassy than green teas, and displays a certain balance and harmony in the cup that is almost orchid like. Dung Ti, like all Oolongs should be drunk straight without milk or sugar in order to appreciate its subtle complexities.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: very smooth with light floral notes and haunting finish.
◆ Notes & Well Being: as one of the most popular and traditional types of tea in Taiwan, oolong tea is known to provide robust health benefits when consumed on a regular basis. Packed with antioxidants, the oolong leaf combines catechin and caffeine which fight free radicals.
Dose of tea
1 tsp. for 6 oz.
3 - 5 Minutes