Old Master Dong Ding Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Caramel, Floral, Mineral, Nutty, Peach, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Sugarcane, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “We haven’t had a gong fu session in quite a while. I began to have trouble sleeping so we stopped having caffeine in the evening and we just haven’t made time during the day on weekends, plus it...” Read full tasting note
  • “Complex layered and intense roasted sugarcane-caramel and floral sweet top/mid notes with a seamless transition into equally complex, mild nutty mid/base tones. Mouthwatering fruity peach finish...” Read full tasting note
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  • “It’s an incredible tea, I will say I prefer the Winter Pick to the Spring pick, as I find that the winter pick has a bit more caramel and nutty taste” Read full tasting note
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  • “Not familiar with dong ding’s. But this one must be very similar in roast level to the Korean Baked Oolong I had purchased in bulk. These leaves are more intact and there are more delicate notes to...” Read full tasting note

From Mountain Stream Teas

Updated by derk, 08/2021:

2021 Spring pick is fresh in stock!

In 2019 we expanded the ‘Old Master’ series with this beautiful tea and it has quickly become a classic. This year’s tea is another beautiful variation on the theme of past years. Produced by an 81-year-old tea master from the main village of Dong Ding, this complex tea gives rich creamy sweetness, sweet/sour fruit, roasted caramel and more as the leaves unfold. And it will only get better with age.

This tea is one of the signature teas of Mountain Stream Teas. It is worth a try even if you don’t like roasted teas. In fact, it is worth a try especially if you don’t like roasted teas!

Elevation: 800m

Status: Conventional Tested Safe

Cultivar: Qin Xin Oolong

Season: April, 2021

Oxidization: 40%, Middle Roast

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

Region: Dong Ding, Nantou

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~100C water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 4-5 steeps.

Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~100c water for 2 minutes. Lasts 2-3 steeps. Very suited to western style brewing!

Produced by an 81 year old tea master from the main village of Dong Ding, this tea gives rich creamy sweetness, sour fruit, roasted caramel and more as the leaves unfold.

Elevation: 500m

Status: Organic

Cultivar: Qin Xin Oolong

Season: April, 25th 2019

Oxidization: 50%, Middle Roast

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

Region: Dong Ding, Nantou

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~100C water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 4-5 steeps.

Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~100c water for 2 minutes. Lasts 2-3 steeps. Very suited to western style brewing!

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4 Tasting Notes

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We haven’t had a gong fu session in quite a while. I began to have trouble sleeping so we stopped having caffeine in the evening and we just haven’t made time during the day on weekends, plus it has been in the 90’s and humid so not the first idea that springs to mind on a Saturday after mowing.

Derk gave this tea a glowing report and I was intrigued because Ashman and I love the Dong Ding from Tin Roof Teas, and when I buy it we tend to speed through the 100 gram bag because we make big pots of it for breakfast.

This was the perfect tea to renew our gong fu sessions. It was everything I love about Dong Ding plus so much more.

The wet leaf after the very quick rinse had little aroma. It was saving it for later.

Ashman jokes about his inability to make notes on tea, saying, “This is hot and tea-ish.” For this one, he sniffed and said it reminded him of the smell of wood. I agree, and all Dong Ding smells of wood and toast to me. He agreed it was toast and not smoke.

The first sip was a mind bender. Creamy? Was that creamy? Not milky, mind you, but creamy. Yes, yes, it was. Then fresh wood aroma and fruit, and a flitting of sweetness through the cup. The sweetness lay on the tongue a moment and I was startled to be reminded of fruity gum. I think it was what others more accurately called roasted sugarcane. I need to try some real sugarcane.

Steep two was magnificent. All the flavors increased. I can not say that the woodiness took a back seat and the fruit stepped forward, rather EVERYTHING stepped forward. In fact, I felt there was more fruit and Ashman said he thought there was more wood. The flavor overall increased, and it stayed that way for all five steeps.

Magnificent. Worth the price and worth the wait. I can hardly wait to try the others, including the exciting free sample that was sent. I ordered enough to get free shipping and the package came quickly, registered mail. A good experience start to finish.

derk

Alright!

Evol Ving Ness

Delightful. It makes me happy to hear about your tea joy!

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Complex layered and intense roasted sugarcane-caramel and floral sweet top/mid notes with a seamless transition into equally complex, mild nutty mid/base tones. Mouthwatering fruity peach finish with a long-lasting returning sweet fragrance. And look at that leaf!

This Spring 2021 harvest is structured in depth of taste, sweetness and feeling. Had two early (430am) mornings in a row and this evening during Mandarin class, this tea suited both situations so well. The way the tea melded with my constitution astounded me — the subtle complexity, the way it drank and how it felt with each swallow; it traveled with a light touch and with its heaviness, nudged itself into all the right nooks and crannies of my being. The 10g freebie made 3 bowls that absolutely changed my mind about Dong Ding.

Bravo, Old Master!

Wow!

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Mineral, Nutty, Peach, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

Mandarin class! How cool! For work or just for fun?

ashmanra

Sounds like an amazing tea experience! We tend to slurp down Dong Ding faster than any other single type. I think ours is sourced from Teageschwendner, and now I really want to try this one. Oh dear, a small order won’t hurt, will it? :)

derk

gmathis: for eventual tea-related travel to China. It was really intense the first few weeks but I think it’s clicking somewhere in my brain. I’m also taking Spanish for my new position at work. I need to be able to speak and listen better.

derk

ashmanra: please try this. Free and fast shipping from Taiwan for orders over $32.

ashmanra

Ordered!

tea-sipper

derk! “Eventual tea related travel to China”!

derk

Oh good, ashmanra! Enjoy!

tea-sipper: Taking baby steps toward tea farming. The plants I received from Donnie at Fairhope Tea Plantation in AL survived the flight home and a month of sitting in a glass of water. They are now in pots outside. When they get a little bigger, I will transplant them to raised beds. If they survive and when they’re big enough, I will take cuttings and transplant the original bushes into the ground. This will require renting some land on the other side of town that has good soil and is higher elevation with more coastal fog exposure. While that’s coming along, I want to visit China and possibly Taiwan to talk with tea farmers and processors. Long, hopefully fruitful, journey ahead :)

tea-sipper

Awesome, wishing you all the tea luck. :D

Leafhopper

Derk, that sounds really exciting! Wishing you luck as well.

gmathis

Have mercy! I am pretty much in awe of you now. (Actually, I was before. This just bumped it up ten more Awe Notches.)

Todd

Wow, tea farming! Hope it goes well!

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It’s an incredible tea, I will say I prefer the Winter Pick to the Spring pick, as I find that the winter pick has a bit more caramel and nutty taste

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Not familiar with dong ding’s. But this one must be very similar in roast level to the Korean Baked Oolong I had purchased in bulk. These leaves are more intact and there are more delicate notes to be found in here towards the later steeps, but they’re very alike in the overall comforting mood they offer. Good to learn!

song pairing: Nathan Goshen – חזרי אלי

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