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 Harold B.
I had never been much of an oolong fan and I had tried many of them. However, when I tried this Dong Ding Ming oolong I can't get enough. I love this tea and most especially that honey note that to me sets it a part from most teas. The only other tea that I have had that comes close is Darjeeling. What is so incredible, to me, about most of these teas is that you can get several brewings each time. I know that when I started ordering green and oolong teas from Taiwan and Japan the price was a bit of a shock as I mainly was drinking black Assam teas. These teas are infused just once, but when you consider it is actually preferable to re-infuse you really are getting 2, 3, or maybe 4 time the amount you would have to buy in a black tea. Being from the Southeastern USA I was brought up on iced tea and I must say that this tea makes the best iced tea ever. I brew it a bit strong and then sweeten it slightly with Agave syrup and add lemon or lime. Wow.......refreshing!!!!

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

by Donald N.
This is superb, the best I've found online. What a flavor and aroma! I will be ordering it for the third time. I find that this tea holds up well in the second and third infusions. Not smoky like a supposedly similar tea from another well-known Taiwanese vendor.

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

by LG
Your tea is wonderful! The Dong Ding Ming Xiang has a stupendous aroma in the cup.

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

by M. R.
Dong Ding is also known in Japan as takayama (tall mountain) and is not easy to find. Oolong of this sort is not very popular in Japan, but is well known to experts and it is there that I learned this to be the best variety of semi-green (partially fermented) tea. The Dong-Ding from 'Tea from Taiwan' is the strongest and most well flavored one I have tried (out of about 5 different sources) and is also quite reproducible, in other words, the same brewing procedure yields the same tea time after time. Since this tea is tightly packed 'leaf balls', it is quite appropriate to vacuum pack it, which is done, and I think this helps retain its unique flavor.

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

by Eric
I have ordered tea from you once before, the "Dong Ding" Oolong tea, and it was very good, one of the best teas I've ever tried. Thank you.

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

by J.S.A.
The Dong Ding is indeed a wonderful tea with a most pleasant aftertaste. Nothing more to be desired as for this kind of oolong tea.

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

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