A tea of many names, the Taiwanese-styled Dong Feng Mei Ren is the face of more oxidized oolongs. Born in 1933 in Hsinchu, it is exemplary in classical craftsmanship. Without the aid of green leafhoppers biting the leaves, expert skill in timely plucking, and lengthy withering, it would lack the famous rosy, stone-fruit flavors its known for. In the mid-1990s, the tea made its way to Thailand, where its similar landscape but early summers produced a beautifully singular interpretation. In a similar journey, our dear friend, Mr. Lu, brought his craft from Nantou to Doi Mae Salong, transforming Taiwanese teas into Thai treasures. Notes of Turkish delight, clingstone peach, and walnut.
Region: Santikhiri, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Variety: Jin Xuan No. 12
Elevation: 850 - 1200m
Harvest Date: Late March 2019
Producer: Mr. Lu
Brewing Recommendation: 6g tea | 340ml water | 185°F | 4:00