drank Dong Ding by Send Me Tea
14 tasting notes

This is my second foray into oolong teas, again purchased as a bit of a punt, not having heard of the Send Me Tea company or Dong Ding Oolong before.

Again, I was unsure of the tea-to-water ratio (being new to oolong teas), and I went with one teaspoon per cup (250ml) rather than the one teaspoon plus “one for the pot” as recommended on the pack.

If it was a wine, I’d describe it as a “nutty merlot” – not much in the front end, a soft nutty body in the middle of the palate, and a subtle short finish. Enjoyable for what it is, but my taste in tea is similar to my taste in wine – big and bold (a peppery Shiraz, a big Durif or Grenache in wines, and a wickedly smokey Lapsang Souchong in tea).

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I inherited the tea-drinking gene from my mother and my grandparents. My sister inherited the coffee-drinking gene from my father – unfortunately I couldn’t save her!

In my teens, I thought that Twinings loose tea was the pinnacle of quality tea. It wasn’t until my wife stumbled across the Lupicia store in Melbourne and brought home some Lapsang Souchong (the Twinings loose tea variety seems hard to come by around here nowadays) that I realised there’s a whole world of quality tea out there.

I drink tea every day, although I’ve been trying to limit my intake of black tea – I recently realised that I was downing eight-to-ten cups of strong black tea a day! I love the rituals in tea-making as much as the tea itself, and I always look forward to sharing new teas with friends over a chat at the dining table.

My father was given a gift of some oolong tea in Hong Kong, which he hands out very sparingly, and I’ve just started to explore oolong teas myself.

Generally, however, my taste in tea leans towards black teas that are big and bold, such as Lapsang Souchong. I do also enjoy green tea, but I fear that Lapsang has ruined my tastebuds forever! Ah, Lapsang, you are a fickle friend…

I live in regional Victoria, Australia, with the missus and three little ‘uns. Coming from an Italian background, my wife prefers coffee to tea, but will occasionally try a new tea with me. My tea rituals seem to have captured the imagination of my two oldest children, and the highlight of 2011 (apart from the birth of our third child) was when my six-year-old was asked what he’d like to drink with his evening meal, and he replied “I’ll have Russian Caravan please!”


Victoria, Australia

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