Dong Ding Ming Xiang Oolong Tea

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Spring 2014

Dong Ding Ming Xiang oolong tea is produced in the Dong Ding mountain area of Nantou county in Taiwan. Dong Ding is one of the most famous oolong tea producing regions in Taiwan. Its history stretches back to the 1860's when a Dong Ding native brought several tea plants from China back to Taiwan. Dong Ding mountain proved to have ideal climate and soil conditions for oolong tea cultivation.

The Dong Ding area was near the epicentre of the 1999 earthquake that devastated Taiwan. In the aftermath of the disaster many of the tea plantations were left unattended. When work resumed on them and the neglected wu long was picked and processed it was found to have a deliciously sweet honey flavour.

Investigation showed that the oolong tea gets its honey flavour from secretions left on it by cicadas. In order to encourage this special flavour, Dong Ding Ming Xiang wu long tea must be grown without the use of pesticides.

Taiwan Ming Xiang wu long has a distinctive sweet taste and aroma. It brews a dark colour wu long tea that has a lingering sweetness that settles on the back of the tongue. Dong Ding Ming Xiang is truly one of the jewels of Taiwan wu long tea and is highly valued by oolong tea connoisseurs.

Season
Spring 2014
Varietal
Chin Shin (Green Heart - qing xin - 青心烏龍)
Origin
Dong Ding Mountain (凍頂山), Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Elevation
850 meters (2,800 feet)
Chinese Name
凍頂蜜香烏龍茶
Pinyin
dòng dǐng mì xiāng wūlóngchá

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by John Andrew T.
This tea is excellent and holds up to many steeps. It has a floral flavor, yes, but it's not necessarily flowery and reminds me more of fruit (maybe peaches) and nectar. It has great body and goes well with flavorful food.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

by Kayleigh T.
Upon opening the pack this Oolong was beautifully dark green in colour and it oozed a milky/creamy/sweet floral fragrance. Now this has been rinsed just before my initial first steep it’s exuding a strong green and fresh smell. First steep – 25s – The tea is honey coloured with a gentle floral scent. The taste is stronger than the smell, it’s very floral and a little fruity with a toasted tang. It’s also sweet and fresh tasting, a lovely example of a stronger oolong. Second steep – 35s – Slight more floral now in fragrance. Again the same lovely fruitiness and strength but it’s sweeter than the first steep. It’s a dark sweetness similar to molasses but more subtle and fresh. Third steep – 45s – Now this smells like toasted fresh flowers and has darkened slightly but still remains virtually honey coloured. The green flavour has increased and reminds me of raw broccoli, also the sweetness is being a little overwhelmed by the toasted flavour but the floral notes keep it fresh.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

by Richard C.
I received the Ming Xiang tea today. First, I will say that it's good. It is somewhat different than the previous Ming Xiang. If I were pushed to choose between them I would probably choose the former, only because I think it was a little more fruity, with a unique plum taste. However, a plus with this present Ming Xiang is that it seems to offer more infusions. Today, using a gaiwan I stopped at 6 infusions with good taste, and maybe could have had a couple more fair cups. The dry tea is noticeably darker on this tea more than the previous one, and it seems to be roasted more. Or maybe more fermented, I'm not sure. Anyway, it's a good tea and I'm satisfied with my first encounter with it.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

by Mary R.
Excellent medium Amber colored Oolong. Warm honey flavor and inviting aroma. Highly recommend this tea

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

by Thomas R.
Very good dark Oolong, with a great sweet smell! Like this very much!

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

by Loretta N.
My favorite tea of all! This tea has a wonderful sweetness, I make single cups during the day. I don't like to find myself without it, fortunately delivery is pretty quick :-)

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

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