Tung Ting Blue Tea

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Butter, Floral, Orchid, Vegetal, Green
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Tung ting blue tea comes from Taiwan and takes its name from the mountainous region where it is grown. Oolong tea (also known as blue tea) is a part fermented tea, and tung ting is regarded by those who know about this kind of thing (us included) as one of the finest around. We’re very proud to be able to offer a genuine oolong tea, as these teas are mostly sold to the local Taiwanese at hundreds of dollars – a bit more pricey than your average cuppa, but worth every penny.

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I’m going to be brave and give this a try today. The first time I tried it, which was a good few years ago now, I could hardly finish the cup. This kind of oolong still isn’t really my thing, but it came with a gift pack (the ultimate, no less) so I feel I really ought to give it a second chance.

The dry leaves in the packet give off that typical oolong scent — kind of earthy and slightly mineral. It’s a scent that used to turn my stomach, but I understand it a bit more now. I gave it three minutes in water I’d let cool a little, and the liquor is now a pale yellow. It smells the same as it does dry, which isn’t hugely encouraging considering I’m very picky about oolongs. It’s this exact scent that I dislike, yet it’s hard to accurately describe. Adagio Wuyi Oolong was the same, and I had to ditch the rest of my sample of that as I just couldn’t face it.

I shouldn’t judge before I’ve tried, though. The first sip isn’t too bad. Maybe because I’ve gone lightly with the brew time and temparature, or maybe just because it’s a more delicate tasting tea than I was expecting. It has a faint mineral taste, and a more prominent grassiness, rather like a mild green tea. I can’t exactly claim to like it, but it’s okay. I’ll be able to finish this cup, and the rest of the box, anyway.

I think my relationship with oolong is going to be a bit hit and miss. I loved the milk oolong I tried, and I’ve got a couple more of those in my stash to try now. The idea of flavoured oolong appeals, too, and the same goes for those. I would like to determine what my preferences are when it comes to oolong, so I’m going to keep trying. While drinkable, though, this clearly isn’t it.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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6768 tasting notes

Sweet, Mouthwatering, Thirst-Quenching Goodness…in a bag…YUM

Peggie Bennett

That is a fun name!

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1379 tasting notes

Is it just me or is Tung Ting Oolong Tea super fun to say? :)

Colour: Pale golden yellow
Smell: Subtly floral

I have to be in the right frame of mind to drink Oolong as it’s very subtle in flavour and I am usually a strong tasting tea kinda gal. A nice Oolong tea has enough flavour to be magical and this is one of those times. It tastes light, buttery, floral and gentle yet bitterly earthy (in the same way as a green tea). Each sip changes flavours as it goes down whilst leaving your thirst quenched and your mouth asking for more.

If you have not tried many/any Oolongs before then sometimes the extremely gentleness in flavour and body may be off putting at first but overtime you want a tea that will not be too heavy in your stomach and is as refreshing as drinking a cup of water. That’s where this little beauty comes in handy as that ‘something different’ that you have been craving. I would also say that this is a nice brand to start off trying so you can get a good idea of what a nice Oolong tastes like.

Overall: Refreshing, gentle, light, floral and oh so Tung Ting yummy.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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13 tasting notes

Pleasant and mellow but a tad tasteless to me, but then I am new to Oolong and only began drinking it last week.

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MY background and disclaimer: Brand new real tea drinker here, having just switched off coffee so I know very little about tea. I grew up drinking Tetley tea bags with milk and sugar so tea is indeed a comfort for me. I have gotten educated on how to make a proper cup of tea. I got a sample pack from Tea Pigs and this is the first one that I am reviewing.

tung ting oolong tea completed underwhelmed me. I’m going to give it another try but it seemed almost flavorless to me. It’s very subtle and perhaps that’s something I just haven’t learned to appreciate yet. It seems to have little of the earthiness of green tea and none of the flavour of black tea. It just didn’t do it for me. Many of the teapigs teas really DID and I’ll be posting more reviews.

Flavors: Butter

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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As this box is quite old, I thought I’d start to get through it more quickly, particularly whilst I’m appreciating oolongs so much.

Nothing has really changed about my opinion of this tea – it’s genuinely really good! The infusions (I got ~10 in my 100-120 ml Gaiwan) were all buttery, sweet and floral, with just a hint of a delicate, vegetal flavour.

I have noticed, though, that this tea lacks some of the complexities of the best oolongs I’ve tried so far – even when prepared with lots of leaf and with short infusions, I get little variation. Each infusion is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but it pretty much remains the same throughout the session.

Admittedly, this might be a consequence of this bag’s age – I’ve had this tea opened for around 12 months.

Perhaps, once I work my way through my cupboard, I’ll order another box and test it again, when it’s “fresher”. Goodness knows it’s worth it, for the price – it’s an absolute bargain, compared to other such teas. Perhaps, though, it’s cheapness is a sign that it isn’t necessarily the finest quality oolong…

Either way, I really enjoy this tea – there’s nothing wrong with it and it helped keep my mood really high, despite my on-going toothache :P

adagio breeze

Oh no, that tooth is still acting up? Hope it feels better soon!


Oh no! I was hoping your tooth was all fixed. :(

Red Fennekin

Thanks you two :-)

I was hoping it was fixed, too – it felt so much better on Friday that I was sure it was. But the pain returned with a vengeance, over the weekend, and the dentist is now telling me I need root canal… I’m extremely unimpressed – aside from the fact that this means I’ve paid £80 for a filling that essentially will last until I have the treatment (a week or two, then – tops), I now have to go through all of the unpleasantness of root canal surgery. Great T_T


…. :( ….
I feel SO bad for you. I’ve had this happen before, and it’s horrible… Also, the pain from a tooth that needs a root canal quite far surpasses that of one that needs a filling. I can work with a tooth that needs a filling; one that needs a root canal is a whole other matter. I hope that your root canal procedure goes well (I’ve had one I was supposed to get taken care of, but the abscess went away, so I’ve kind of put it off…). Dental work is miserable.

Red Fennekin

Ugh, tell me about it – I’ve never really experienced any pain like this before (I know, I’ve been lucky in life!), so I’m finding it really tough. Ibuprofen has become my new best friend :P

Thanks for the well wishes! I’m gonna get a second (and third :P) opinion on it, but I certainly can’t pay the £375 that they’re asking – I don’t have nearly that kind of money. I’d have to see if I could get it done on the NHS (which, tbh, I’d probably prefer anyway – my experiences with private dentists have hardly filled me with confidence…)


Oh, it’s the worst! :(
And, I totally understand not being able to pay for the procedure. This last root canal, the dentist told me it would be $800 for the procedure and then even more than that for the crown. I just sort of looked at him and said, “I’ll get back to you on that.” Our dental insurance is really confusing, too, so it makes dealing with it a double pain. So, basically, I am SO sorry that you are dealing with this right now… I can sympathize fully. I really hope you get it all worked out soon.

Red Fennekin

Ugh, exactly – sounds like you had to pay even more than I might have to :\ I think the crown would be included in mine, though the idea of having to get a crown seems like payment enough T_T

But, again, thanks for your sympathy :-) I really appreciate your kindness and well-wishes!

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This tea, I believe, is another name for Dong Ding. Now that’s a tea I have tried, albeit, only once and really enjoyed it. It was in my favourite tea shop and was loose leaf, whereas this is in teabag form. I have already reviewed Whittards Tong Ting (a box of 15 tea bags) and found them pleasant enough. However, here I have only had one tea bag, and it was a couple of days ago now, so I only have a vague memory of the tea and no notes to aid this review.

Anyhow, I found the tea to be on the lighter side of flavour; it had a relatively short burst of fresh greenness, and was generally quite mild. I would say it’s not as good as the Whittards version, but who knows, my opinion of it may change if I ever decide to purchase a box of this.

Flavors: Floral, Green

8 OZ / 250 ML

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83 tasting notes

Good flavour, balanced quite earthy but in a good way.

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