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"Aspiring Protegé" Dong Ding Oolong

"Aspiring Protegé" Dong Ding Oolong

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This is the one of the most authentic Dong Ding Oolongs available.  Aspiring Protégé is the nephew of the 81 year old Ascended Master, whose tea tastes similar but has a stronger, richer flavor brought out by charcoal roasting.  The tea is grown near Dong Ding Lake on the Dong Ding Plateau.  The Aspiring Protégé charcoal roasts each batch of tea leaves twice at 120C for 8 hours in his home on the Dong Ding plateau, checking the temperature and profile of his teas every 15 minutes for 8+ hours a day.  This roasting results in a tea with initial light caramel flavor, dry meadow herbs, and increasing essence of dried fruit with each subsequent brew.

Tea Specifics

Elevation: 900m

Status: Conventional

Cultivar:  Qin Xin Oolong

Season: Spring, 2022

Oxidization: 35%, Light-Mid Charcoal Roast, 120C for two 8 hours sessions

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

Region: Dong Ding, Nantou

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

Tasting Notes

Caramel, herbs, dried fruit

Brewing Recommendations

Serving Size: 3-5g per 100ml of purified water.

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

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.

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