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It’s time for a blast from the past. I finished a sample of this tea back around the end of January and stalled on posting a review until now. My fetishization of traditional Dong Ding oolongs should be apparent to all by this point in time, but I am willing to bet that the following statement will surprise at least a few of you: this may have been one of the best oolongs I have ever tried. I am making that statement in all seriousness. I found this tea to be that good. Just check out my numerical score. I may be rather liberal in my ratings at times, but you do not exactly see me handing out scores of 94 or higher all that frequently, now do you?

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was chased by 15 subsequent 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, and 7 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, I noted aromas of baked bread, toasted grain, praline, and vanilla coming from the dry tea leaves. After the rinse, I found emerging scents of roasted peanut, brown sugar, coffee, and sugarcane. The first proper infusion brought out touches of cinnamon, honey, and something rather floral on the nose. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented gentle notes of cinnamon, vanilla, sugarcane, coffee, toasted grain, praline, and roasted peanut underscored by hints of orchid, grass, orchard fruits, banana leaf, and graham cracker. Subsequent infusions brought out the orchid on the nose and the honey, brown sugar, and baked bread in the mouth. Distinct notes of apple and pear appeared alongside stronger impressions of grass, banana leaf, and graham cracker. New notes of cream, malt, orange zest, butter, roasted almond, cooked spinach, steamed milk, cantaloupe, seaweed, minerals, wood, cocoa, and caramelized banana emerged. By the time I reached the end of the session, I was mostly finding lingering notes of minerals, cream, cinnamon, apple, pear, toasted grain, malt, and vanilla infrequently backed by fleeting roasted almond, roasted peanut, grass, banana leaf, cooked spinach, wood, sugarcane, and seaweed impressions.

Holy Hell! This was a mammoth of a tea! Every time I dug in, I found something new and interesting. Not only that, but I am willing to bet that I could have kept going with this had I not been utterly exhausted both mentally and physically by the seven minute mark. What would this have had left at ten minutes and beyond? I still wish I could have pressed forward and found out. If you cannot try this, at least consider picking up Taiwan Tea Crafts’ newest iteration of it. I will very likely be doing the same. Their Dong Dings have now officially made my yearly purchase list.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Baked Bread, banana, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cantaloupe, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coffee, Cream, Graham Cracker, Grain, Grass, Honey, Malt, Milk, Mineral, Orange Zest, Orchid, Peanut, Pear, Seaweed, Spinach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Toasted, Vanilla, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Wow! Clearly, this rocked your boat.

Daylon R Thomas

Interesting. I may have to try it.

LuckyMe

It’s been a while since I’ve had a dong dong, but this review piques my curiosity. I’ll have to pick up a sample on my next order

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Evol Ving Ness

Wow! Clearly, this rocked your boat.

Daylon R Thomas

Interesting. I may have to try it.

LuckyMe

It’s been a while since I’ve had a dong dong, but this review piques my curiosity. I’ll have to pick up a sample on my next order

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Exceptional. I love this stuff. If I can get it, I will drink it pretty much every day.

80-89: Very good. I really like this stuff and wouldn’t mind keeping it around for regular consumption.

70-79: Good. I like this stuff, but may or may not reach for it regularly.

60-69: Solid. I rather like this stuff and think it’s a little bit better-than-average. I’ll drink it with no complaints, but am more likely to reach for something I find more enjoyable than revisit it with regularity.

50-59: Average. I find this stuff to be more or less okay, but it is highly doubtful that I will revisit it in the near future if at all.

40-49: A little below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Varying degrees of yucky.

Don’t be surprised if my average scores are a bit on the high side because I tend to know what I like and what I dislike and will steer clear of teas I am likely to find unappealing.

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