Jan 9, 2009

Questions you may want to ask about your Dong Ding (1)

(1) Why should you want to ask questions

Dong Ding Oolong is one of my favorite. I used to just spot it, notice the price and description, then buy it. Before the internet shopping era, there were few suppliers that I could go for Dong Ding, and generally few choices of quality grades. But almost every Dong Ding I got was great. Dong Ding Oolong is exclusively produced in Lugu Villiage, Nantou County of Taiwan. After all, when suppliers took all the troubles importing them from Taiwan, they had better get some Dong Ding of good grades.

However in recent years, I've noticed some changes in Dong Ding Oolong market.Of course my observation is limited, and there are always better teas and not-so-great teas in market. But I've got the impression that in recent years, generally speaking, there has been a wider range of quality. One Dong Ding could be great, while another could be disappointing. I've also heard people talking about bad harvesting seasons that resulted in unstable quality of Dong Ding. I personally don't believe climate is the major factor. There are other factors that can affect a Dong Ding Oolong's quality more directly.

Therefore I would like to talk about questions that we may want to ask about our Dong Ding Oolong. If Dong Ding is still new to you, then probably you want to just go to a reliable retailer and try it first, before asking these questions. If you are already absorbed by Dong Ding, asking questions before purchasing may help you get Dong Ding of stable, desirable quality.

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