Dong Ding tea

Dong Ding (Chinese: ; pinyin: Dòng Dǐng; pronounced [tʊ̂ŋ.tìŋ]), also spelled Tung-ting, is an oolong tea from Taiwan. A translation of Dong Ding is "Frozen Summit" or "Icy Peak", and is the name of the mountain in Taiwan where the tea is cultivated. Those plants were brought to Taiwan from the Wuyi Mountains in China's Fujian Province about 150 years ago.[1][2]

Dong Ding

Other namesTung-ting
OriginNantou, Taiwan

Quick descriptionTaiwanese oolong

The mountain is located in the Lugu region of Nantou County in central Taiwan, an area long used for growing tea.[3] Dong Ding is typically composed of 3-4 leaves, sometimes including a bud, picked by hand or machine. Afterwards, the tea undergoes a withering process, either outside, indoors, or a combination of both. The leaves are then tossed and bruised on large bamboo baskets, which begins the oxidation process. Final rolling is undertaken, either by hand or by machine. A final firing sets the oxidation typically somewhere between 15%-30% oxidation, sometimes over charcoal, giving the tea a toasty, woody flavor.[4]


  1. "Babelcarp". Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  2. Mike Heneberry The Little Black Book of Tea: The Essential Guide to All Things Tea 1441300376 "Taiwan's Tung Ting tea, a variant of Pouchong, is among the island's most popular oolongs."
  3. Fresh Cup: The Voice of the Specialty Coffee Industry 2004 -"I spent most of my time on top of the higher plateau, known as Dong Ding mountain or Frozen Summit, home to the famous Dong Ding tea. This is considered to be the origin of Taiwan oolong. The oolong teas made in this area resemble the ...
  4. "Hojo Tea".

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