I’m going to grab this Dong Ding descriptor for a review, although we purchased it at TeaMaze in Branson MO…it’s not shown on their website and there’s a typo on its label (spelled Donding High Mountain Tea).
Despite the iffy provenance and labeling quirks, the contents of the packet are really good. It held up well to my sloppy steeping (4 minutes at … somewhat just under boiling water) and tasted woody and twiggy with a little brown sugar finish. It had a nice, substantial texture on the tongue as well.
Y’all have heard my hard luck stories about trying to find an unfruity, unfloral oolong (above and beyond the Bigelow bagged variety) to please the husband. I let him take a trial sip this morning—mind you, this is even with a weaker but perfectly acceptable second steep—and he responded “Now, that’s more like it.” Success. Kind of.