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"Ascended Master" Dong Ding Oolong

"Ascended Master" Dong Ding Oolong

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This tea is a good introduction for anyone unfamiliar with roasted oolongs.  This tea is produced by an 81-year-old tea master from the main village of Dong Ding who electric roasts the tea leaves.  The taste is toasty and lightly sweet, like cereal from our childhood.  Rich creaminess, roasted caramel, and honey nut notes unfold with each brew, making this the perfect tea to enjoy as a daily drinker or for cozy moments.  Like the Ascended Master himself, this tea improves with age, making it a good tea to keep in your reserve. 

Tea Specifics

Elevation: 800m

Status: Conventional Tested Safe

Cultivar:  Qin Xin Oolong

Season: April, 2022

Oxidization: 40%, Middle Roast

Method: Hand picked, processed on site, electric roasted, very small batch

Region: Dong Ding, Nantou

Oolong teas contain between 10-60mg of caffeine per 8oz cup.

Tasting Notes

Complex, rich, creamy sweetness, sweet/sour fruit, roasted caramel, sweet puff cereal, toasty, honey, nutty, flavors increase with age

Brewing Recommendations

Serving Size: 3-5g per 150ml of purified water.

Ideal Brewing Vessel: Porcelain tea pot or gaiwan; or high-fired, high profile thin clay teapot.

Western Style Steeping: Boil water to 212F/100C and let water settle before pouring into a mug. Place 3g tea into steeping basket and dunk the basket into the hot water. Steep for 1-2 minutes to taste. Brew 1-2 additional times.*

Gong Fu Cha Style Steeping: Boil water to 212F/100C and then wait for the water to stop bubbling before pouring the water down the inside of the brewing vessel, not directly on the leaves. Brew for 30 seconds, then replace the lid and pour the liquor into a gong dao bei (fairness pitcher) before apportioning into tea cups.  Add 15 seconds for each subsequent brew. Remove the lid of the brewing vessel to allow the leaves to cool between steepings. Flash brewing in this manner ensures this tea can be brewed up to 5+ times and brewed again the following morning if left overnight.

*Adjust the brew time, temperature and leaf volume to fit your taste: A lower temperature increases vegetal flavor; a shorter brewing time decreases astringency; and a lower volume of leaves reduces bitterness.

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