What is Dong Ding Oolong Tea?
Dong Ding Oolong is a partially "fermented" and roasted tea.
This, by definition means that the leaves have undergone significant oxidation (at least 25%) in order to accommodate this roasting process that is done post-production. Ideally, the time spent roasting the leaves spans over two weeks, with 3-5 day intervals between roastings. Typically these leaves undergo three separate roastings, but this depends on the artisan's technique.
The development of High Mountain Oolong in Taiwan and consequently China and other countries, is a relatively new breed of tea. But the traditional oolongs like Dong Ding still survive and recently have begun to thrive again both domestically and abroad. They are also the teas that we find most special and unique.