2018

Tung Ting Extra-Premium

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Oolong Tea

Tung Ting Extra Premium

 

Appearance: classic semiball-rolled style leaf
Style/Shape: semiball-rolled leaf with stems
Plucking Style: hand-plucked
Tea bush varietal/cultivar: Tung Ting & others from the region
Oxidation: 25% oxidation
Roasting: light roasting in an electric roaster
Flavor: a combination flavor suggesting crisp minerals, honey, and light florals
Aroma: intriguing, floral and spicy
Liquor: clear amber liquor tinged with a bit of straw color

 

Lugu Township,
Nantou County, Taiwan

2018 Spring Pluck
(early May)

Western-style steeping in a large teapot 25-32 ounces:

 

Use 2 teaspoons (2-3 grams) of tea for each 6 oz water
Rinse the tea in your teapot with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Re-steep 3 additional times (or more!) for 2 minutes each
Water temperature should be 180°F-190°F

Asian-style steeping in a small teapot under 10 oz or in a gaiwan:

Use 4 teaspoons (4-6 grams) of tea for each 5-6 oz water
Rinse the tea in your tea vessel with a quick application of hot water
Immediately discard this liquid
Add additional hot water to start the 1st steeping
Re-steep 6-8 additional times (or more!) for 35 seconds to 1 minute each
Water temperature should be 180°F-190°F

 

NOTE:

 

Oolongs are traditionally ‘rinsed’ before being steeped.
This is done with a quick application of hot water that is poured over the tea in the gaiwan or teapot and then immediately discarded. The rinse water is not drunk – its purpose is to help the leaves begin to open during steeping.
Use additional appropriately-heated water for the 1st steeping and subsequent re-steepings.

 

NOTE ON STEEPING OOLONG:

 

Oolongs exemplify the concept that some teas can be re-steeped multiple times and yield an incredible volume of drinkable tea. This practice works best when the leaf is steeped in a small vessel, but it also work somewhat well using a large teapot. Please refer to our steeping instructions for details.

Tung Ting is Taiwan’s most famous semiball-rolled style tea; and it is one of our favorites here at Tea Trekker. Bob especially likes the clean, clear, subtle minerality that it shows both during the multiple steepings that each measure offers, but also from season to season Tea Trekker’s Tung Ting oolong reliably provides a great cup of oolong.

Tung Ting mountain is located in Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan, and is known for producing delicious, substantial and chewy, very floral teas. Tung Ting teas are priced according to where on the mountain they come from: the higher the elevation, the more difficult the growing conditions and the smaller the harvests are.

Our Tung Ting Extra Premium is a hand-processed tea. This tea is plucked at a high altitude within the Tung Ting Lugu Township district, and its flavor reflects the effects of increased altitude and thinner, colder air. The floral notes are crisp and precise, but retain much of the buttery-ness that Tung Ting lovers appreciate and seek out.

Our Tung Ting Extra Premium is comprised of leaf blended from several tea farmers, skillfully fired by a tea master to bring out the naturally rich flavor and arresting floral aroma of the leaf. There are several different tea bush cultivars grown in the Tung Ting tea harvesting villages, and the flavor is a composite of these plants. This tea has a lovely lingering finish with a pleasant, slight undertone of stone and mineral.