Cypress Dong Ding

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Oolong Tea
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Herbaceous, Herbs, Sage, Thyme
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  • “Aha! so now the infamous marinade tea – I do get what others have been saying about the dry leaf smelling like foodstuffs, like crisps or marinade.. After really trying to rack my brains I realised...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have had this one for a while. Interestingly enough, the first thing I thought of when I smelled the dry leaf (this time) was a candy bar. Definitely a different candy bar, but that’s what came...” Read full tasting note
  • “Interesting. The dry leaf smells like barbecue potato chips. The liquid tastes like a Mediterranean chicken marinade. So, this is a cooking tea. I appreciate the uniqueness, but not something I’d...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’ve now tried this with 80c /90c / and 100c water and I come out with roughly the same experience at 30 to 45 second brews in a gaiwan. For those who are unsure of what Cypress Dong Ding is: I...” Read full tasting note

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Aha! so now the infamous marinade tea – I do get what others have been saying about the dry leaf smelling like foodstuffs, like crisps or marinade..

After really trying to rack my brains I realised I am smelling oregano or Italian mixed herbs (a bit like sage & thyme maybe?) from the steeped leaf. From the liquor it is much less pronounced but still there. It tastes like hot Italian herb tea! But not in a bad way at all, I really quite liked it, it reminded me of craft gins that are infused with english herbs, and made me feel nice, like I was drinking something natural & healthy. This theme carried on through the session, & as I lean to the light & flashy side of brewing I’m appreciating the herbiness more than I thought I would.

Bascially herby all round, also a dry woody taste. When the leaf opens the dong ding comes through a bit & there is a slight perfume aroma appearing in the liquor. Basically it stayed pretty similar throughout the 10 or so steeps I gave it, just gradually losing herb strength. I preferred the later ones because I could taste that slightly thick dong ding flavour marrying with the cypress a bit more. I would have liked it more if these tastes were stronger earlier to balance the cypress. I did enjoy it though, felt like healthy herb tea.

I have read reports that Cypress oil reduces obesity in mice, so this is a proven weight loss tea! – Andrew, your marketing department needs to learn a thing or two from the Chinese on Aliexpress :lol:

Flavors: Herbaceous, Herbs, Sage, Thyme

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139 tasting notes

I have had this one for a while. Interestingly enough, the first thing I thought of when I smelled the dry leaf (this time) was a candy bar. Definitely a different candy bar, but that’s what came to mind.

This is so much better made light than heavy. I was steeping it for way too long the first few times I have had it. It has a nice woodsy, I would even say nutty taste that I’m assuming is the cypress.

I wouldn’t put this as a daily drinker for myself, but I don’t think that was the intent. It’s now in the category of one of those surprise type of teas that I forget I even have, but when I see it, I’m like “that’s what I want right now.” Interesting tea for sure. I look forward to all the other creative teas Andrew comes up with.

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1233 tasting notes

Interesting.

The dry leaf smells like barbecue potato chips. The liquid tastes like a Mediterranean chicken marinade. So, this is a cooking tea. I appreciate the uniqueness, but not something I’d get.

Liquid Proust

I’m going to put this as the official taste… Oh my, this is funny. I’m curious as to what others think now. I think I’ll try it for the next few days and see if I can get the chicken notes :)

Evol Ving Ness

Don’t make me go buy potato chips now.

Liquid Proust

Between my remarks of this tasting line acorns and this… Can’t blame anyone for not wanting to try it now :p

Daylon R Thomas

It did not quite taste like chicken itself, but like a sauce or a marinade that goes on chicken. As in something you should soak chicken with.

Liquid Proust

This tea was forced to retirement as of 4:15pm eastern time on June 30th 2016. A liquid that taste like a marinade for chicken… lmao. Well, you tried it and reported back. I’ll use this description when my website is official… hehe.

Rasseru

forced into retirement, as in horded away for bbqs?

JakeB

I drank this one yesterday as well. I can taste/smell the BBQ potato chips and the marinade a bit as well. I actually caught a wiff of dill in the dry leaf. I thought this tea was (as you said) interestinga, and I actually prefered it warm or cool versus hot. I can say that it did taste like an oolong to me. Part of it actually reminded me of the roasted Jin Xuan coffee bean LP tea.

Liquid Proust

Yeah… Barbeque isn’t going to sell. I think I just gained a few ounces of bbq Dong Ding :p

Liquid Proust

Someone just reported that they liked it, maybe it’s safe from early retirement :p

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1113 tasting notes

I’ve now tried this with 80c /90c / and 100c water and I come out with roughly the same experience at 30 to 45 second brews in a gaiwan.

For those who are unsure of what Cypress Dong Ding is: I decided to release a cypress (wood) infused 2013 dong ding oolong when my 20% sale went active.

Drinking this as if it isn’t my own creation and I find some positive and some negative aspects to it. The first steep comes off the strongest with the woodsy notes that are hard for me to explain, but as it goes on I believe it turns into an acorn taste as the nutty/wood/lowroast all come together. This dong ding seems to brew out a bit weak around the sixth steep, but I’ve been staying at 45 second steeps, but for the price of it I can’t complain; $8/oz. If there wasn’t a dryness to the liquid after it goes down it would be much better, but I’m kind of in a touch spot as I find myself associating wood/nut/roast as a dry’like taste anyways, however I prefer a nice sweet taste at the end. This would probably be better when the weather is more cooler than these summer days outside, but maybe I made a poor choice there by trying it while it was really hot out.

Overall it’s an interesting tea and I’m glad that the wood notes actually transferred over because it makes me want to experiment with other woods in the fashion I did here before I start buying the equipment to make my own home smoking machine/contraption for tea.

Daylon R Thomas

I think it might be an awesome fall or winter tea based on the description-yet I also need to try some myself. I’ve also personally realised that I prefer yancha’s and black teas in the winter with a few exceptions. Most Jade Oolongs for me are honestly good any season. But that’s kinda your fault lol.

Liquid Proust

I think you’ll appreciate this just because of how unique the taste is.

Gooseberry Spoon

What sort of home smoker are you thinking of? Smoked meat and fish enthusiasts have rigged up quite a few things on the cheap. Like terra cotta planter cold smokers.

Liquid Proust

Well, I was planning on rigging up a smoke gun and then a portable smoker as well to do two different styles of smoking. I’d be interested in this ‘cold smoker’ though, where would be best to look up information on that? Google is just so massive. I’m looking to smoke wood into the tea, in some cases soaked wood that has dried to add more unique taste.

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