Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves
Banana, Butter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Cookie, Floral, Astringent, Biscuit, Cedar, Vanilla, Almond, Apple, Bamboo, Bread, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cream, Cucumber, Grass, Honey, Milk, Mineral, Orchid, Parsley, Roasted Barley, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Rice, Umami, Vegetal, White Grapes, Wood, Oak, Sweet
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6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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A well rounded Dong Ding with a lovely roasted nut aroma and taste which lingers with a sweet background floral quality.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth texture
- Roasted nut aroma and taste
- Background floral and sweet quality

Harvest: Winter 2016
Roasted: April 2017

Origin: Mei Shan, Yunling County, Taiwan
Altitude: 600m
Farmer: Mr. Huang
Sourced: Specialist tea ‘finisher’ who buys and processes the tea leaves of local farmers

Cultivar: Qing Xin
Oxidisation: 30-35%
Roast: Medium (Level 5-6)
Picking: Hand

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 2-3 minutes

Packaging: Non-resealable vacuum-sealed bag packaged in Taiwan

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392 tasting notes

Sipdown. Onto the wishlist it goes. This is cinnamon biscotti in a cup and I really enjoy it.

Flavors: Astringent, Biscuit, Butter, Cedar, Cinnamon, Floral, Vanilla

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1049 tasting notes

Here is a review from the backlog. I can’t remember precisely when I finished what I had of this tea. I want to say the sipdown came either during the second half of July or the first half of August. I recall liking this tea more than either of the previous reviewers. My notes indicated that I appreciated its complexity and depth but felt that it had a few noticeable rough edges.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After the rinse, I steeped 6 grams of rolled tea leaves in 4 ounces of 203 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was chased by 16 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 10 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of roasted barley, toasted rice, vanilla, cream, butter, and baked bread as well as a subtle orchid scent. After the rinse, I detected new aromas of cinnamon, steamed milk, brown sugar, and honey that were accompanied by a subtle chocolate scent. The first infusion introduced aromas of roasted almond, caramelized banana, bamboo, and grass. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of roasted barley, toasted rice, honey, cream, butter, bamboo, vanilla, and orchid that were chased by hints of cinnamon, grass, baked bread, brown sugar, roasted almond, toasted sweet corn, and steamed milk. There were also lingering vegetal notes in the aftertaste that struck me as being reminiscent of cattail shoots and spinach. The subsequent infusions produced new aromas of parsley, spinach, cucumber, umami, apple, and white grape that were accompanied by a slightly stronger chocolate scent. Chocolate and caramelized banana notes appeared in the mouth alongside impressions of sweet potato, caramel, wood, minerals, daylily, daylily shoots, apple, pear, white grape, cucumber, and meaty, brothy umami. I also detected some hints of parsley and noted stronger, more forward impressions of baked bread, grass, steamed milk, and roasted almond. As the tea faded, the liquor emphasized notes of minerals, wood, baked bread, toasted rice, cattail shoots, spinach, grass, roasted barley, umami, and cream that were backed by hints of vanilla, butter, roasted almond, cucumber, and apple.

This tea had a lot to offer, but there were also times when certain notes overpowered and distracted from others. It also displayed a very dry, woody mouthfeel and was very heavy-bodied. Compared to some of the other Dong Ding oolongs I have tried, it was not the smoothest, and it was also not the most approachable or the most drinkable, but it was still a quality tea. I would not recommend that those curious about Dong Ding oolongs or those looking for a quality daily drinker go right for this one, but when something stronger and heartier is called for, this would be the oolong to choose.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Bamboo, Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Cucumber, Floral, Grass, Honey, Milk, Mineral, Orchid, Parsley, Roasted Barley, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Toasted Rice, Umami, Vanilla, Vegetal, White Grapes, Wood

6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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537 tasting notes

This tea is really woody. The longer it steeps the woodier it gets. For me, reducing both the steep time and temperature has helped to tame the tree. :)
1 min, 200F (although I should try 195)
Still woody, but a little sweet. I don’t think I’d order this again, but I will enjoy the rest of my bag.

Flavors: Oak, Sweet, Wood

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1708 tasting notes

Thank you so much for the sample!

I was okay with this tea although I was impressed with it. It was a complex one because of its balance with florals and the toasty roast, but it was faint overall like butter on crispy bread. The florals were more prominent steep two and three gong fu, and some caramel notes were there, but butter and toast were a bit more accurate with a side of pleasant charcoal. It was sweet, but faint and nutty like almond, and a little bit of dry like thick cashew. The roast and faintness of some of the florals with bare fruity notes were what made me a little bored with the tea personally.

I usually like nuance to my tea, but I honestly had to pay attention for this tea to get the sweeter notes from the Qin Xin. The texture was without a doubt smooth making it approachable, and the florals were definitely sophisticated with a solid balance with the nutty roast, but I think I might have liked the new style more because I like more sweetness with my nuances. I still recommend this tea for those of you looking for a very mellow oolong that you can meditate with. Otherwise, I think this might be one for slightly more experienced drinkers despite the general ease of the profile. If nutty nuance is what you look for, this is a good tea to have it.

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