Taiwan is renowned for its high mountain oolongs, grown in a region that spans through several counties within the centre of this small island. Nantou, the only landlocked county in Taiwan, is the largest producer of high mountain oolong teas
High mountain oolongs are harvested only three times a year. The altitude and climate conditions cause the teas to grow more slowly than counterparts grown at lower altitudes, the latter being harvested up to six times per year. Tung Ting grown on Dong Ding Mountain is one example of a Nantou county high mountain oolong tea that yields superb flavour over numerous infusions.
Tea masters are artisans who ply their trade after many years of practice and apprenticeship passed down from one generation to the next. The varied characteristics of oolong teas are created by the tea master’s watchful eye closely monitoring the length of oxidation, careful bruising of the leaf, rolling (depending on the type of oolong), proper drying and every minute aspect of production.
While Ten Wu oolong is considered the finest available from tea bags, Tung Ting oolong is considered to be the next best thing. It is an oolong that is considered to be green, and thus it hasn't gone through the baking process for as long as some of the darker oolongs. It is grown at an altitude of 760m (2,500ft). Growing conditions within the Tung-Ting region are often ideal for tea leaves which are to be turned into oolongs; during nearly every morning the region is covered by clouds and fog, as well as in the late afternoon.
Tung Ting has a beautiful golden-green liquor when steeped, along with a strong floral aroma that excels in sweetness, a taste that is mild and floral, and an aftertaste that is both persistent and enjoyable. Southern China and Taiwan are where oolong teas are most commonly drunk, as well as many Chinese Restaurants also providing them as some of their best teas.
Origin: Nantou Province, Taiwan
Appearance: Produces a yellowish to orange liqour depending on strength. The tea itself tends to look like bulbs and curled tree roots
Taste: A delicious sweet taste accompanied by floral notes
Brew Time and Temperature: Steep for 1-2 minutes at 90-95ºC