Tung Ting Oolong from In Pursuit of Tea
Few Taiwanese teas command the same degree of respect around
the world as Tung Ting Oolong. Over its century-long history,
Tung Ting has developed into one of Taiwan's two signature
teas. These two teas are known locally as Jie Mei Cha (Sister
Teas). The second sister is Wen Shan Bao Jong from northern
Ting Mountain (hence the name of the tea) is located in the
middle of the single largest tea-producing region in Taiwan,
Nantou County. Responsible for over 40 percent of the island's
tea production, Nantou's unique terrain and climate is perfectly
suited for oolongs.
origin of Tung Ting Oolong, according to local folklore, began
in 1855. A villager named Ling Fong Tse went to the renowned
Wu-yi Mountains in Fujian, China and came back with 36 tea
trees of the ching-shing varietal. He gave 12 of these trees
as a gift to a tea farmer friend, Ling San Yen, who had helped
finance his trip. These 12 trees were subsequently planted
along the mountain roads surrounding the beautiful Chi-Ling
Lake near Luku and the rest, as they say, is history.
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