Dong Ding Oolong Traditional Greener Style

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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348 tasting notes

This oolong surprised me in many ways. I did my best to mimic a Gongfu prep for it – somewhat to no avail – but still ended up with three twenty-second steeps of differing excellence. Common traits were a contrasted vegetal and fruity lean with little or no astringency. Worth a look…but definitely not an on-the-go tea. This requires ritual.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

Okay, since I’m an idiot/bumpkin that has no clue…can you tell me what gongfu prep is? I’ve yet to find a source that simply states the facts.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

Geoffrey, your 20-second steeps sound perfect gongfu to me :D

Geoffrey Norman

@Jamie – Truth is, I’m still a little lost on the details also. Just Wiki it to get a better idea. I have no clue how to do the actual ceremony.

@Ginkgo – I do my best. Wonderful product, sir.


Okay, finally found a video for it that actually had the ceremony demonstrated/explained. I still kinda don’t get it. And I think I’m okay with that.

Gingko (manager of Life in Teacup)

I guess a lot of people wouldn’t agree with me on this. But I personally do NOT think there is “tea ceremony” in Chinese tea tradition. I think that’s a big difference between China and Japan in tea culture. Most of the Chinese ceremonies we see nowadays are for performance purposes, which is good, but isn’t essential in people’s tea life. Besides, everyone can have/create his own ceremony :D

Geoffrey Norman

That’s the first I’ve heard of that. Well, I’ll take that as a go-ahead to just do whatever I want. heh

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6768 tasting notes

slightly vegetal yet sweet and almost nutty. I like this very much!!! Smooth.

Peggie Bennett

How can you not with a name like “Dong Ding Oolong”? :-)

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247 tasting notes

This is definitely a vegetal oolong. Even in the dry scent, it’s reminiscent of celery or green peppers. 195/1 min.

Vegetal… confirmed. It’s actually not too overwhelming. I can also taste a woodiness in the flavor. And zucchini. It’s not exactly toasted or roasted, but somewhere light and in between. The oolong itself isn’t bitter. This would make a great afternoon tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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2612 tasting notes

This tea is phenomenal … steeps up a beautiful light beige and smells so nice you just want to keep your nose in the cup to soak up the honeysuckle fumes (I see that none of the other reviews make this scent comparison, but it was that sweet and floral). Flavor, on the other hand is mild and gently sweet. One teaspoon’s worth did three separate steeps without losing much character.

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144 tasting notes

Light mocha and muscatel sweetness and mild toasted almond character round out a thin base of warm vegetation.

What some may perceive as mundane and uncomely is, in this tea, revealed as inviting and understated. (Welcome home.)

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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218 tasting notes

I absolutely love this. It could be my favorite oolong, as of today.

It smells like brown sugar, plus there’s a definite floral element. The way it tastes emulates the aroma almost in every detail. Sophisticated vegetal-floral sweetness that just stays in your mouth for a while after each sip. It gets itty-bitty bitter as it cools down (but that is barely detectable) and the smell of it turns even sweeter. An amazing experience.

I swear that some oolongs feel more like desserts than the “dessert teas”.

I can’t wait for another steeping of this, but before I make another cup I will take a nice relaxing bath… Oh, this is going to be a lovely weekend. I hope it is going to be just as good, or better, for all the Steepsterites :)

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Sounds yummy, nice review :-)

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