Call me weird but drinking a tea that not only tastes good, but also has bang for the buck adds a certain satisfaction to the experience. Though I enjoy fancy high mountain oolongs, they can be expensive and I’m always on the look out for good value teas. I love being surprised every once in a while by a humble jin xuan or some other inexpensive low elevation tea. One such tea was BTTC’s Old Style Dong Ding from a few years ago.
I picked this up in the hopes of finding a good daily drinker and maybe something more but unfortunately this one did not pass muster. This has a very basic oolong taste. Actually its vegetal taste makes it more like a green tea and it suffers from a lack of aromatics. There’s a honeyed sweetness to it but no real depth, texture, or mouthfeel to speak of. The washed out taste reminds me of the last steeping of a higher quality oolong. It does cold steep well so that’s how I’ll drink the rest of it. The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly applies here.
Flavors: Honey, Vegetal