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This oolong surprised me in many ways. I did my best to mimic a Gongfu prep for it – somewhat to no avail – but still ended up with three twenty-second steeps of differing excellence. Common traits were a contrasted vegetal and fruity lean with little or no astringency. Worth a look…but definitely not an on-the-go tea. This requires ritual.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2011/01/05/review-life-in-teacup-dong-ding-oolong-traditional-greener-style-3/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Jaime

Okay, since I’m an idiot/bumpkin that has no clue…can you tell me what gongfu prep is? I’ve yet to find a source that simply states the facts.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Geoffrey, your 20-second steeps sound perfect gongfu to me :D

Geoffrey Norman

@Jamie – Truth is, I’m still a little lost on the details also. Just Wiki it to get a better idea. I have no clue how to do the actual ceremony.

@Ginkgo – I do my best. Wonderful product, sir.

Jaime

Okay, finally found a video for it that actually had the ceremony demonstrated/explained. I still kinda don’t get it. And I think I’m okay with that.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

I guess a lot of people wouldn’t agree with me on this. But I personally do NOT think there is “tea ceremony” in Chinese tea tradition. I think that’s a big difference between China and Japan in tea culture. Most of the Chinese ceremonies we see nowadays are for performance purposes, which is good, but isn’t essential in people’s tea life. Besides, everyone can have/create his own ceremony :D

Geoffrey Norman

That’s the first I’ve heard of that. Well, I’ll take that as a go-ahead to just do whatever I want. heh

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Jaime

Okay, since I’m an idiot/bumpkin that has no clue…can you tell me what gongfu prep is? I’ve yet to find a source that simply states the facts.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Geoffrey, your 20-second steeps sound perfect gongfu to me :D

Geoffrey Norman

@Jamie – Truth is, I’m still a little lost on the details also. Just Wiki it to get a better idea. I have no clue how to do the actual ceremony.

@Ginkgo – I do my best. Wonderful product, sir.

Jaime

Okay, finally found a video for it that actually had the ceremony demonstrated/explained. I still kinda don’t get it. And I think I’m okay with that.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

I guess a lot of people wouldn’t agree with me on this. But I personally do NOT think there is “tea ceremony” in Chinese tea tradition. I think that’s a big difference between China and Japan in tea culture. Most of the Chinese ceremonies we see nowadays are for performance purposes, which is good, but isn’t essential in people’s tea life. Besides, everyone can have/create his own ceremony :D

Geoffrey Norman

That’s the first I’ve heard of that. Well, I’ll take that as a go-ahead to just do whatever I want. heh

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