Taiwan Dong Ding (Tung Ting) Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves
Cream, Fruit Punch, Lemon, Mineral, Mint, Spinach, Creamy, Floral, Thick, Astringent, Butter, Fruity, Sweet, Vegetal, Grass, Kale, Nuts, Nutty, Sweet Potatoes
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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 6 g 6 oz / 168 ml

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  • “Sipdown, 124. I actually meant to grab a different sample pouch this morning, but my brain is somewhat addled from poor sleep last night, so this one it is. Another of my winnings from Teavivre’s...” Read full tasting note
  • “I am trying the very last sample of this tea brewing it with the mug style. I have a nice clear mug that I can see my leaves in. I am mostly waiting for the tea to cool down to a drinkable...” Read full tasting note
  • “A lovely Oolong – sweet, and so delicate! The floral notes are very soft in the first cup. With subsequent infusions, the flavors do pick up a little bit, but they remain a little on the delicate...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thanks LiberTEAS for this sample. Let me start by saying this is a good tea to break me (or anyone else needing broken in I suppose) to green teas in that I’ve not had but a couple I enjoyed and I...” Read full tasting note

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Origin: Dongding, Naitou, Taiwan

Ingredients: Evenly and tightly rolled tea leaves

Taste: Naturally sweet, fruity aroma and has strong charm

Brew: 3-4 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 212 ºF (100 ºC) for 1 to 3 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: The substance in the tea helps to prevent the decaying of teeth and halting the plaque build-up and also reduce the growth of glucosyltransferase. Polyphenolic compounds in Dong Ding Oolong can prevent overall oxidise, and Purine alkaloids have the function of clear free radicals, so that it can have effect of preventing aging.

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73 Tasting Notes

1626 tasting notes

I absolutely LOVE oolongs, and I unfortunately don’t have a lot of them. My tea cupboard comprises mostly of blacks and herbals! I decided to treat myself today with this tea. I ordered 2 sample sizes of this tea a couple of months ago from Teavivre when there was a sale.

I opened the small metallic wrapper and immediately saw the bright, fresh green balls of this leaf with a stem on each one. It reminded me of cooked spinach! It smelled so delightful! It was sweet smelling and vegetal.

I recently purchased a beautiful yixing teapot set! I wanted to use it, but I felt like I should make my first cup with my husband. So another day with that! Wow I really went off topic…

Anyhow, this tea, as with most oolongs and other teas, withstood several steeps. I always watching the first steep because it is beautiful to see how the leaves “dance” in my gaiwan.

First steep: 30 seconds, 190 degrees. The brew was a light yellow color. This one smelled very vegetal, not like nori, but almost like a green. The taste was amazing! Light and airy florals dancing in my mouth. It was smooth like butter! There was a slight sweetness to it as well.

Second steep: 50 seconds. The leaves are nearly unfurled at this point. Brew was a jaundice/neon yellow! This brew was more floral and bolder than the first steep. It is sweet and juicy like a berry!

Third steep: 1 min. This steep was lighter and became more fruity! Delicious! The floral tones were fading more. There was a bit more astringency, but it still went down like butter!

Delicious tea!!

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165 tasting notes

While brewing in the cup this smells like hot rocks/minerals, also vegetal (boiled greens), maybe even like roasted butter? Some floral aroma is in the background. The taste I am getting is basically the same, with the vegetal scents coming through in the fore-front. I have had green teas before that had a buttery taste to them that I am fond of, but this is the first time I have tasted similar notes in an oolong. There is also a slight honeyesque sweetness I am getting on finish. Pretty complex. I like it.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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123 tasting notes

Another generous sample from Teavivre!

First, it smells like buttery greens that have been thrown into the oven for a couple of minutes. It tastes very similar with an even more pronounced butter flavor, slightly roasted and slighty vegetal. For a lighter oolong this sure has a lot of heft and body. The second steeping brings out a sweeter fruitier taste. Wonderful oolong and it holds up to many steepings.

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592 tasting notes

Sipdown (89)! I know I got this from someone on Steepster in a swap, but all the samples got mixed up in my move across the country, so I can’t remember who, sorry! Anyway, I finally got around to trying this one out. Even though I used (visually speaking, not a lot of measuring going on) a pretty hefty leaf to water ratio, the flavor of this one was still pretty mild. I may have let my water cool down a touch too much. The main flavor I was getting kind of rode the line between floral and grassy if that makes any sense. I wasn’t getting much nuttiness as I often do from greener oolongs, but it was still pretty tasty. I’ll probably resteep the leaves with some hotter water when I get back from the gym later, so I will update this note with any new findings if I do!

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17 tasting notes

I like this one. Green, sweet, refreshing! It’s very soft and delicate, great in the afternoon as a pick-me-up. I think I prefer the fuller flavoured oolongs, but I definitely wouldn’t turn down a cup of this :)

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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19 tasting notes

What a great oolong. I steeped this in my gaiwan using the small packet it came in for about 3 seconds with 1 more second each steep. This tea is thick sometimes and has great character. On third steeping it got very sweet. Like has already been said, it’s light though. it’s like breathing in the breeze that blows through a garden. Very nice oolong and very affordable. I like teavivre more and more every day.

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8 tasting notes

This oolong style is close to a green tea in taste and apperance. There is a slight sweet taste, and a smell similar to dragonwell. Thanks teavivre for the sample, this is one I enjoyed and will probably buy in the future.

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774 tasting notes

Long ago, I had a bad experience with Dong Ding. It was from David’s Tea, and all I can remember is that I was incredibly unimpressed by it- so much so that I actively avoided buying any Dong Ding Oolong again.

Cue right now, where I’m internally grateful it was a part of my mass oolong sample order from Teavivre. My dead head and my deader stomach take up this fruit punch aroma like a peace offering. The flavour profile is akin to a vegetal lemon cream dessert- which is another reminder to me that it’s been a while since I’ve had some proper Vitamin C food. I would kill for a grapefruit or orange right now. No more junk food. Food illness sucks.

Another food this reminds me of is the Lemon Zest Sunflower Kale Spaghetti I sometimes make when I want vegetables and calories in a pinch. Maybe that should go back on the meal plan.

Steep Count: 5

(2016 harvest, I think)

Flavors: Cream, Fruit Punch, Lemon, Mineral, Mint, Spinach

190 °F / 87 °C 2 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
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Lemon Zest Sunflower Kale Spaghetti

This sounds like an amazing thing.

Evol Ving Ness

And thankfully, I have had stellar experiences with Dong Ding oolong. May they continue.


I think I need to do some intensive exploring, to make up for lost time. Have you tried this one yet


And, yeah, it’s a pretty good and easy to make dish! I lack culinary skills, so when a spaghetti or stir fry recipe comes along that tastes great AND is balanced I cling onto it like a lifeline.

Evol Ving Ness

No, I haven’t tried this one yet by this particular company.


Dong Ding can be really good! I remember Tea Ave’s being especially nice, but it’s a bit pricey.

Evol Ving Ness

I remember a nice one from Janet’s Special Teas as well.

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239 tasting notes

This was a really nice early morning pick me up for a day at work that I didn’t feel like doing.

Both the dry leaves and the brew smell sweet and floral, with an undercurrent of vegetables.

The brew is thick and creamy, with spinach and floral flavors. It opens up nice and strong, but it’s got quite a bit of astringency in the later steeps. Lasted a good 20 steeps or so too; I lost count after 10.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Spinach, Thick

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42 tasting notes

This was very enjoyable to sip while watching the not very enjoyable loss of the Orioles to the White Sox.

The first steep of 10 seconds was a bit light and the second (20s) finished just a bit astringent. However, the 3rd (also 20) was great. I did at least three more steeps and the character changed a bit for each one but each was interesting and good. Overall, I quite enjoyed this.

Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Floral, Spinach

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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