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Dong Ding Oolong from Far Leaves Tea

February12

dongdingTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Far Leaves Tea

Tea Description:

A classic Taiwan Oolong, grown high above lugu valley this summit tea has a soaring floral opening and a rich lasting finish

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

A truly lovely Oolong, this Dong Ding Oolong from Far Leaves Tea!

I’ve spent the last couple of evenings with this Dong Ding Oolong.  It tastes wonderful – with a delicate caramel-like undertone and a delicious nutty flavor, with notes of fruit and flower in the background.  It has a lovely complexity that I love experiencing as it unfolds throughout the many infusions it offers.

The first cup (a combination of the first and second infusions following a quick 15 second rinse) is softly flavored, with a mild floral overtone that lacks the sometimes sharper bite that some other green Oolongs possess.  This has the sweet, exotic floral taste … but none of that perfume-y bite.  The caramel undertones are subtle here, as are the nutty flavors that come to life in the future infusions.

The second cup (infusions three and four) becomes sweeter, with a distinct caramel-y taste.  This cup is my favorite of the four that I brewed from the same measurement of leaves, because of this strong caramel-y tone and I also enjoy the way the caramel notes mingle with the nutty flavors … almost like a nut toffee.  I also notice a plum-like taste that is delicious.

With the third cup, I find that the floral tones are significantly softer than they were in the first cup, and they seem to have melded with the other flavors to create a unified taste that really isn’t flower, or fruit, or nut, or caramel … but something of a cross of all four distinctly different tastes.  The fourth cup (infusions seven and eight) the flavor is very smooth and feels almost like silk on the palate.

There is very little astringency to this cup, and no bitterness at all.  It is so pleasant to sip … one of those teas that you want to enjoy over the course of a couple of hours … enjoying the many layers of flavor.  Another winner from Far Leaves!

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