Tung Ting is perhaps Taiwan’s most beloved semiball-rolled style oolong. Its mild, sweet fragrance and rich, creamy body make it a perennial favorite with tea drinkers who prefer it over the more austere style of many of the other classic Taiwan oolongs, such as the high mountain gao shan .
Known as Dong Ding oolong in Taiwan, Tung Ting is the internationally-recognized transliterated name into English, and how we here at Tea Trekker refer to this most beloved and famous Taiwanese semiball-rolled style oolong. Our Chinese friends love it the best of all the semiball-rolled style Taiwan oolongs because it is so buttery on the tongue.
The rich, creamy body and the subtle undertones of honey and nectar make it a perennial favorite of tea drinkers who prefer its buttery, easy-to-drink qualities in the cup. Our Tung Ting is a very elegant tea – our tea maker is a 5th generation Tea Master who pays attention to many small details when making his tea. We appreciate his dedicated approach, as the goodness of his tea reflects the care and precision of his actions and decisions.
The original tea gardens in the Tung Ting area were started in the 1800’s from tea bush cuttings brought to the Nantou area from Fujian Province, China. Until recent decades, these were the highest elevation tea gardens in Taiwan.
But since the 1950’s and especially the 1970’s when the higher-elevation tea gardens were planted at Ali Shan, Li Shan, and Shan Lin Xi, the Tung Ting harvesting area no longer qualifies as an official high mountain tea (gao shan) because of its relatively lower elevation. Despite Tung Ting’s basically very high altitude, mid-level mountain elevation, there are both higher and lower tea harvesting areas which supply plenty of variation in flavor, sweetness and butteriness for Tung Ting devotees.
Tung Ting is an important and historic tea. We include it in our gao shan listing because it is a semiball-rolled, green-style oolong that is manufactured in the same style as the gao shans.
Tung Ting is a little more fruity than it is floral – the flavor of this winter tea is suggestive of ripe melon and honey. Try it for yourself and see how utterly delicious our Tung Ting is. This tea fills the mouth with rich, buttery, sweet and fresh flavor. A high percentage of amino acids give the tea a nice, chewy mouth feel. The fragrance is a little spicy combined with a touch of floral gardenia. For many Taiwan tea enthusiasts, Tung Ting is their oolong of choice every day, any time of day.
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