Dong Fang Hong
Garden Direct Oolong Tea
Dong Fang Hong
Dong Fang Hong

Dong Fang Hong

This micro-lot uses the spring harvested bud tips of the “Ruan Zhi” soft-stem oolong tea cultivar noted for its complexity and strength coupled with fruity and floral aromas.

16+ Servings


Full floral and ripe fruity nectar

About this tea

High mountain Dong Fang Hong, "Eastern Beauty Red," is a newer style of tea that combines oolong and red tea processing methods. Our partners in Doi Mae Salong produced this distinctive spring micro-lot of tea using the Ruan Zhi oolong tea bush cultivar which is known for its intensity and expression of ripe fruits and tropical flowers. The same Ruan Zhi gardens produce our Ruby Oolong in the late spring and monsoon season. Using different plucking and processing methods we get this amazing batch of tea with ripe nectarine, cherry and multi-floral accents. To create Dong Fang Hong, the two leaves and a bud tea plucks are tumbled in a yaoqing bamboo drum and left to wither and oxidize overnight on trays until the leaves give off a special aroma. The tea is briefly bundle-fermented and expertly roasted to fix the bright red liquor and fruity aspect. Each infusion possesses a vibrant taste and enlivening energy.


Oolong tea


Doi Mae Salong, Thailand


Ruan Zhi


March - June


1200 meters

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Traditional Tea Preparation

Add 5g to a gaiwan or gongfu teapot (per 150ml).

Use 195°F water.

Don’t rinse this tea.

Infuse 1st brew for 2-3 minutes and decant.

Infuse 2nd brew for 30 seconds.

Repeat several times, brewing until the flavor and aroma of the tea dissipates. As the tea leaves expand and unfurl, increase the infusion time to coax out more of the flavor and aroma. 

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Doi Mae Salong

Northern Thailand

Doi (“Mountain”) Mae Salong is a pristine high mountain oolong tea growing region in the far northern borderland in Chiang Rai province. Rich, loamy soil is mostly dirt with some mineral content of potassium and manganese. The soil is fed continuously with fresh high mountain water but also drains easily, providing the perfect growing material for tea trees.

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