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Complex layered and intense roasted sugarcane-caramel and floral sweet top/mid notes with a seamless transition into equally complex, mild nutty mid/base tones. Mouthwatering fruity peach finish with a long-lasting returning sweet fragrance. And look at that leaf!

This Spring 2021 harvest is structured in depth of taste, sweetness and feeling. Had two early (430am) mornings in a row and this evening during Mandarin class, this tea suited both situations so well. The way the tea melded with my constitution astounded me — the subtle complexity, the way it drank and how it felt with each swallow; it traveled with a light touch and with its heaviness, nudged itself into all the right nooks and crannies of my being. The 10g freebie made 3 bowls that absolutely changed my mind about Dong Ding.

Bravo, Old Master!

Wow!

Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Mineral, Nutty, Peach, Roasted Nuts, Roasty, Sugarcane, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

Mandarin class! How cool! For work or just for fun?

ashmanra

Sounds like an amazing tea experience! We tend to slurp down Dong Ding faster than any other single type. I think ours is sourced from Teageschwendner, and now I really want to try this one. Oh dear, a small order won’t hurt, will it? :)

derk

gmathis: for eventual tea-related travel to China. It was really intense the first few weeks but I think it’s clicking somewhere in my brain. I’m also taking Spanish for my new position at work. I need to be able to speak and listen better.

derk

ashmanra: please try this. Free and fast shipping from Taiwan for orders over $32.

ashmanra

Ordered!

tea-sipper

derk! “Eventual tea related travel to China”!

derk

Oh good, ashmanra! Enjoy!

tea-sipper: Taking baby steps toward tea farming. The plants I received from Donnie at Fairhope Tea Plantation in AL survived the flight home and a month of sitting in a glass of water. They are now in pots outside. When they get a little bigger, I will transplant them to raised beds. If they survive and when they’re big enough, I will take cuttings and transplant the original bushes into the ground. This will require renting some land on the other side of town that has good soil and is higher elevation with more coastal fog exposure. While that’s coming along, I want to visit China and possibly Taiwan to talk with tea farmers and processors. Long, hopefully fruitful, journey ahead :)

tea-sipper

Awesome, wishing you all the tea luck. :D

Leafhopper

Derk, that sounds really exciting! Wishing you luck as well.

gmathis

Have mercy! I am pretty much in awe of you now. (Actually, I was before. This just bumped it up ten more Awe Notches.)

Todd

Wow, tea farming! Hope it goes well!

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gmathis

Mandarin class! How cool! For work or just for fun?

ashmanra

Sounds like an amazing tea experience! We tend to slurp down Dong Ding faster than any other single type. I think ours is sourced from Teageschwendner, and now I really want to try this one. Oh dear, a small order won’t hurt, will it? :)

derk

gmathis: for eventual tea-related travel to China. It was really intense the first few weeks but I think it’s clicking somewhere in my brain. I’m also taking Spanish for my new position at work. I need to be able to speak and listen better.

derk

ashmanra: please try this. Free and fast shipping from Taiwan for orders over $32.

ashmanra

Ordered!

tea-sipper

derk! “Eventual tea related travel to China”!

derk

Oh good, ashmanra! Enjoy!

tea-sipper: Taking baby steps toward tea farming. The plants I received from Donnie at Fairhope Tea Plantation in AL survived the flight home and a month of sitting in a glass of water. They are now in pots outside. When they get a little bigger, I will transplant them to raised beds. If they survive and when they’re big enough, I will take cuttings and transplant the original bushes into the ground. This will require renting some land on the other side of town that has good soil and is higher elevation with more coastal fog exposure. While that’s coming along, I want to visit China and possibly Taiwan to talk with tea farmers and processors. Long, hopefully fruitful, journey ahead :)

tea-sipper

Awesome, wishing you all the tea luck. :D

Leafhopper

Derk, that sounds really exciting! Wishing you luck as well.

gmathis

Have mercy! I am pretty much in awe of you now. (Actually, I was before. This just bumped it up ten more Awe Notches.)

Todd

Wow, tea farming! Hope it goes well!

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This place, like the rest of the internet, is dead and overrun with bots. And thus I step away.

Eventual tea farmer. If you are a tea grower, want to grow your own plants or are simply curious, please follow me so we can chat.

I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Georgia, Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

Personal Rating Scale:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s pu’er, I likely think it needs more age.

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