: Doi Mae Salong, Thailand Cultivar
: Ruan ZhiElevation
: March 2022
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 microlot of tea using the Ruan Zhi cultivar for its intensity of taste and complexity of aromatics. The first two tender leaves and a bud are full of flavor and energy during the spring harvests. These are the same Ruan Zhi gardens that make our Ruby Oolong in late spring and monsoon season.
Using different plucking and processing methods we get this amazing batch full of fruity and flowery accents. To create the Dong Fang Hong, the tea leaves are tumbled in the yaoqing bamboo drum and left to wither and oxidize overnight on trays until the leaves give off a special aroma and become multi-colored.
Each infusion possesses a vibrant taste and enlivening Qi (energy).
Add 5g to a Gaiwan or Gongfu teapot (per 150ml).
Use 195°F water.
Don’t rinse this tea.
brew for 45 seconds - 1 minute.
brew for 30 seconds.
Repeat several times at 30 - 45 seconds, brewing until the flavor and aroma of the tea dissipates. As the tea leaves expand and unfurl, the brewing time may increase to coax out more aroma and flavor.