|Hung Shui Oolong from Yong Lung village, Dong Ding area|
To understand this, we have to go back to the early 1980s, when Dong Ding Oolong was most popular in Taiwan and famous around the world. The Dong Ding area is actually quite small and includes the Yong Lung village, the Feng Huang village and the Dong Ding village. Only tea from this small area should be called Dong Ding Oolong. But its success meant that other villages in Central Taiwan were also producing similar tea, using the same cultivar (qingxin) and the same oxidation and roasting levels. And they would also sell their teas under the general name of Dong Ding Oolong. So, Dong Ding Oolong started to loose its original meaning, a tea that comes from the Dong Ding area. That's why the name Hung Shui Oolong was coined to characterize any Oolong that has been processed like a traditional Dong Ding Oolong, but that doesn't necessarily come from Dong Ding.
'strong' Hung Shui Oolong from Yong Lung from the winter 2013. And since it comes from the original Dong Ding area, this particular Hung Shui Oolong can also be accurately described as an authentic Dong Ding Oolong!