Dong Ding Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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  • “I apologize Derek and Peony Tea S for not getting a review up on this one yet. I have been beyond stressed. I went over my notes and can't make heads or tails of them. Luckily I have more tea to...” Read full tasting note
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    ks6 1315 tasting notes
  • “This is easily one of the best Dong Ding Oolong teas I've tasted. Sweet - caramel-y sweet! The fruity tones are almost like dried fruit, like sugary sweet dried plums and raisins that have been...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4415 tasting notes
  • “Thank you LiberTeas for this sample. I hate to admit that I was busy choosing Beatles songs, wow what a list they have, and I oversteeped...twice. This note is then suspect by default. The...” Read full tasting note
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    tunes&tea 58 tasting notes
  • “Enjoying this tea thanks to *LiberTEAS* what an awesome oolong! This is up there with my favorite Dong Ding from House of Cha' I enjoyed this cup with a frozen Asian meal - made the frozen...” Read full tasting note
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    azzrian 807 tasting notes

From Peony Tea S.

In spite of its curious sounding name in English, the Dong Ding Oolong is one of the most well-known and beloved teas from Taiwan. It’s strong rich flavor and lingering aftertaste has enchanted countless drinkers across the generations.

Summary:

If you like depth and character in your tea, Dong Ding Oolong is a good choice for you. As you taste it, you can slowly uncover so many layers in this multi-faceted experience. Best of all- after you have consumed every delectable drop, your throat beams with approval at the remarkable aftertaste.

Slowly breathe in the deep aroma and enjoy the lingering floral and caramel scent.

Taste:

Smooth upon entry, lingering recurring sweetness

Liquor:

Clear golden yellow liquor

Personality:

The Dong Ding Oolong exudes the elegance of a successful businesswoman- radiating sophistication and maturity.

For all her depth, there is a simple magnetism about her that is remarkably enchanting.

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8 Tasting Notes

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1315 tasting notes

I apologize Derek and Peony Tea S for not getting a review up on this one yet. I have been beyond stressed. I went over my notes and can’t make heads or tails of them. Luckily I have more tea to sample and will have another go at it hopfully this week.

What I do know is this was lightly charcoal flavored in a good way with darker floral notes in the first cup that get brighter and sweeter as it is re-steeped. This makes for an abundant amount of leaf in the press. Do not attempt to use a tea ball with this one. Way too much leaf expansion for brewing in that manner. It is one of only a couple I have steeped in my French press that I did not push the plunger all the way down before pouring so as not to stress the leaf.

Ok, so I had more to work with from my notes than I thought. Not giving this a number until further study but I did love it.

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4415 tasting notes

This is easily one of the best Dong Ding Oolong teas I’ve tasted. Sweet – caramel-y sweet! The fruity tones are almost like dried fruit, like sugary sweet dried plums and raisins that have been reconstituted and then cooked down into a caramelized syrup. YUM.

The floral tones are not quite as pronounced throughout the sip, but, I notice them in the aftertaste, which is gently floral and sweet.

Very, very good. I think this may be my favorite from Peony Tea S thus far!

LiberTEAS

subsequent infusions produce a stronger floral note. Still sweet. A charcoal-y/roasty/toasty kind of flavor emerging also.

seule771

I seem to recall you reviewing Dong Ding Oolong and liking it as well for its fruity tones, I think?

LiberTEAS

Not all Dong Ding Oolongs are created equal, and I find different things each time I taste different ones, and judge them for their individual merits.

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58 tasting notes

Thank you LiberTeas for this sample. I hate to admit that I was busy choosing Beatles songs, wow what a list they have, and I oversteeped…twice. This note is then suspect by default.

The color-a nice pale golden green, lead me to believe I was OK since it hadn’t darkened. There was a little bitterness that may or may not have been there under normal circumstances. The wet leaves were crowded in my little infuser pot and had I read K S’ note first I woulda used my press as well. The smell was more grassy than nutty/woody.

The first sip threw me when I tasted that same grassy flavor. There was less wood and more vegetive flavor-like dry grass I think. This gave way to nuttiness that then gained a malty coppery edge. All of this happened within the first two steeps, I lost track of which steep I was on in the descriptive notes I was jotting down. Don’t let me forget the overall but slightly muted honey sweetness. The second steep (I believe) added a tiny bit of charcoal too.

Did a third steep and saved a little face with myself,though I know I missed out on some stuff in first two go arounds. Sweeter note more pronounced. More floral notes to the smell. And finally, it’s now less like dry grass and getting up into lighter wood flavor. You win some you lose some, right? I hold nothing against this tea and rather fault myself. We shall meet again I may have to force myself to listen to top 40 pop during tasting so that I have absolutely no fear of getting distracted.

tunes-as I said The Beatles(said in Ed Sullivan voice with the gesturing of hand)=Norwegian Wood/Ob La Di,Ob La DA/I Saw Her Standing There(where I started to get got)/I Want You-She’s So Heavy(where I finished getting got)/Rocky Racoon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

You speak of things I remember seeing. The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and I remember going to a ‘Sock Hop’ when the new song hit was ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ (Not, I Want To Hold Your Hand)….at Leigh High School in San Jose,CA. My cousins and brother were surfers going over the hill to Santa Cruz …loved me some Beach Boys!

ashmanra

I was totally shocked a couple of weeks ago when an instrumental version of Norwegian Wood came on and hubby said he didn’t know the song. Naturally I made him listen to the original! He usually knows a lot more music than I do, but I guess having a brother who was 17 years older than me exposed me to some older music hubby would not have heard.

TheTeaFairy

Hard to pick a Beatles favorite song, isn’t it? Been a fan since I was 4 years old… kept begging for my mom to put the “white album” on, OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA made me giggle :-)

gmathis

I grew up thinking Rocky Raccoon and Piggies were children’s songs!(Was the youngest by 11-14 years.) Oh, yeah, and “I’m En-er-y The Eighth I Am!”

Lynne-tea

Rocky Raccoon!! That brings back such great memories

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Enjoying this tea thanks to LiberTEAS what an awesome oolong!
This is up there with my favorite Dong Ding from House of Cha’
I enjoyed this cup with a frozen Asian meal – made the frozen dinner A LOT more palatable lol.
Go DONG DING!

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58 tasting notes

Dry leaf: Dark, toasty. Slight greenness like a tgy. Slight burnt smell. Very tightly rolled.

Wet Leaf: A lot of the toasty smells disappear and the aroma turns into a darker tgy smell

Taste: This tea is much like a tgy. It may be slightly darker and the flavor is stronger. There are also less floral notes. Overall a nice oolong, with stronger flavor than some other low fired greens.

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95 tasting notes

Thanks to Peony Tea S for the free samples from their shipping tests. Much appreciated and enjoyed!
This is my first Dong Ding (if any of you find this review familiar, I got my dong ding’s mixed up and accidentally reviewed this one first under Fong Mong tea and then realized it was actually Peony Tea’s dong ding that I had tried and reviewed…)
Dry notes: Smell is like dry grass or straw… Not my favourite dry smell but intriguing all the same. The picture is exactly what the dry leaves looked like, and I used half the sample package and a cup and a half or so of 90 degree water for 45-60 seconds (didn’t time exactly).

Steep 1: Smells like straw, pale green colour. The taste is very earthy, slightly bitter (like fresh grass) with a delicious mineral aftertaste, almost salty, like soy nuts or something I can’t quite put my finger on.I finished the cup and then immediately put water on for more!

Steep 2: Cloying sweet smell. Taste- there’s the sweetness I missed in the first cup. This tastes like the first steep, only a good deal sweeter, and therefore (in my opinion) better.

Steep 3: So smooth, like a third steep oolong should be

Steep 4: smooth, but the bitterness from the first steep is creeping back in

My work day ended before I had an opportunity to do the last two steeps that its probably more than capable of standing up to…

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Another sipdown, this one from KS.
This is the 3rd dong ding I’ve drank in 2 days. They have all tended to be more savory & less floral than the TGY I had awhile ago. They also all look very much the same, & for the most part, they have tasted about the same, with a lightly roasted veggie & sourdough bread kind of taste. This one is the sweetest of the 3, or at least it seems that way right now.
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