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drank Dong Ding by thepuriTea
247 tasting notes

This is a little bizarre for me. I’m reviewing a tea I drank without realizing I had been drinking it.

I ordered from thepuriTea and received my order yesterday. I was looking forward to trying the Dan Cong, so I prepared it, took notes, drank it. Then, I looked at the sample packet. It was marked Dong Ding, as was the other packet of tea in the case. I looked at the outside case. It was marked Dan Cong. Someone put the wrong tea into this sample packet. Therefore, here’s my review for the right tea, Dong Ding.

It smells nice. It’s fresh, not fruity or sweet. More like a soft spring day freshness than woodsy fresh. (195/2 min) It smells grilled. It’s nice, though. Not roasted or smoky, but just grilled. Like the taste that vegetables get on the barbeque, but without the vegetal taste. The tea is a nice yellow color and very clear. The taste is really fresh, clean, grilled, slightly smoky flavored. It’s a bit woodsy, but very nice, not overwhelming. I’d say the elements are all nicely balanced. I’m really enjoying it.

Now, I just have to contact thepuriTea to get the sample that I had actually ordered.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ricky

If someone could clarify what the difference between dong ding, dan cong and phoenix oolong it would be great. Maybe it’s just another name for the same tea?

QuiltGuppy

That crossed my mind at first, but then I rechecked their website and saw that they offer dan cong, dong ding and dong ding (roasted). There must be a difference for them. I don’t have all that much experience to tell you! (Although I’m certain there are people on Steepster who can.)

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Ricky

If someone could clarify what the difference between dong ding, dan cong and phoenix oolong it would be great. Maybe it’s just another name for the same tea?

QuiltGuppy

That crossed my mind at first, but then I rechecked their website and saw that they offer dan cong, dong ding and dong ding (roasted). There must be a difference for them. I don’t have all that much experience to tell you! (Although I’m certain there are people on Steepster who can.)

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I’m a middle school teacher of French, Spanish, ESL and reading intervention. I’m also a mom to two young children.

I’ve always been a tea lover. When I lived in France during college, I really loved the tisanes. Over the past couple of years, I’ve branched off into loose teas. I’m not very knowledgeable about teas, but I’m really loving the learning process!

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