2018

Tung Ting Frozen Summit Spring Pluck

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Oolong Tea

 

Tung Ting Frozen Summit
Spring Pluck

 

Appearance: semiball-rolled style in a pleasing blend of light and dark green tones
Style/Shape: semiball-rolled style with attached stem
Plucking Style: hand-plucked
Oxidation: 25% oxidation
Roasting: light roasting in an electric roaster
Flavor: smooth, clean flavor of honey and a touch of sweet melon
Aroma: a nice combination of a little floral (orchid or magnolia), and a little spice
Liquor: clear amber liquor tinged with a bit of straw color

 

Lugu Township,
Nantou County, Taiwan
Elevation: 2,200 feet elevation

2018 Spring Pluck
(mid-May)

Western-style steeping in a medium-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 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 some of the other classic high mountain gao shan oolongs.

Our Tung Ting Frozen Summit has subtle undertones of honey and nectar which makes it perfect for embracing the return of warm, spring weather. Many of the tea gardens at Tung Ting were started in the 1800’s from tea bush cuttings brought from Fujian Province, China. Until recent decades, these were the highest elevation tea gardens in Taiwan. But since the 1950’s and the 1970’s when the higher-elevation tea gardens were planted at Ali Shan, Li Shan, Shan Lin Xi, etc, Tung Ting no longer qualities as a high mountain gao shan oolong. Despite Tung Ting’s mid-level elevation, there are higher and lower tea harvesting areas which supply plenty of variation in flavor, sweetness and butteriness for Tung Ting devotees.

But no matter the technicalities, this tea is utterly delicious and satisfying. Tung Ting yields a rich, buttery cup that fills the mouth with soft, fresh flavor. A high percentage of amino acids give the tea a nice, chewy mouth feel. For many Taiwan tea enthusiasts, Tung Ting is their cup of choice every day, any time of day.

 

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