"Sweet Scented" Dong Ding Spring 2020

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Butter, Char, Drying, Floral, Grain, Grass, Honey, Mineral, Nutmeg, Nuts, Orchid, Popcorn, Roasted, Spices, Sweet, Walnut, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “I usually don’t go for roasted oolongs, but bought 50 g of this Dong Ding due to its many good reviews and low price. It was the right decision, as I’ve been enjoying it all winter. I steeped 6 g...” Read full tasting note
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The 2020 Spring “Sweet Scent” Dong Ding has a mid-sized rolled dry leaf that unfurls into single leaves and two and three leaf sets. The tea liquor is a light tawny hue. On the nose there are notes of spice, pine and sugar cane as well as distinctive light charcoal aromas. The tea unfolds gently in the mouth and exhibits a sweet sensation that combines beautifully with the spice character to produce a long and satisfying finish. I view this tea as representing the best “value” in Tillerman’s selection.

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I usually don’t go for roasted oolongs, but bought 50 g of this Dong Ding due to its many good reviews and low price. It was the right decision, as I’ve been enjoying it all winter. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of grain, roast, char, walnuts, and flowers. As promised, the scent of this tea is sweet and cozy. The first steep has notes of walnuts, roasted grains, butter, honey, and char. Nutmeg, orchids, other flowers, and grass emerge in steep two, and I can see how it could remind people of popcorn. The next steep has more spices and roasted nuts, but is also a bit drying. Steeps four and five continue with the florals, grass, honey, grain, and walnuts, but the dryness also persists. The roast becomes more noticeable in the final few steeps, though it isn’t too abrasive; I also get wood and minerals.

This is a solid, unpretentious, well-made Dong Ding that lives up to its “sweet scented” name. It’s one of the few roasted teas that I would consider repurchasing.

Flavors: Butter, Char, Drying, Floral, Grain, Grass, Honey, Mineral, Nutmeg, Nuts, Orchid, Popcorn, Roasted, Spices, Sweet, Walnut, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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