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Everyday Taiwanese Nantou Roast Dongding (100g)

Everyday Taiwanese Nantou Roast Dongding (100g)

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This is a daily drinker-grade light-to-medium roast dongding from Nantou Country, Taiwan, home of Dongding! This tea is grown right on Dongding Mountain. While this isn't the fanciest Dongding oolong out there, it is a nice, clean tea that fully complies with Taiwanese pesticide and quality standards. The roast level and processing is quite traditional. This tea is loosely rolled, unlike the very extensive machine rolling that is common on balled Taiwanese oolongs today!

The tea has distinctive roast Dongding character with some green Qingxin character left to it. There is distinct sweet/sour here, but more subtle than you'd get with Anxi qingxin tieguanyin. This is an economical daily drinker that works well both brewed gongfu-style or in a larger mug or teapot, and it definitely won't break the bank! This definitely isn't a mindblowing tea by any means (unlike my other Dongdings!), but this tea is a lot more economical! This is sold through a Hong Kong dealer and has been for many years. 

Please note as with many Taiwanese oolongs, you may need to let the tea breathe: Taiwanese teas are sometimes packed too dry since handling and storage are much more carefully controlled in Taiwan in many cases. Just opening the bag for an hour or so once or twice should be enough. 

I like to cover the bottom of the pot (and a bit more) with this tea, as is common with Taiwanese balled oolongs. In the early days I used a 50% fill, as I was used to doing with Anxi tieguanyin. Please do not attempt to do that with this tea as you will suffer! 

I like to start at 40-45 seconds for the first infusion, drop down to 30 seconds for the second, and then ramp up to one minute for the third, adding 30 seconds to one minute for each subsequent infusion. 

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