DMS Dong Ding Oolong Tea From Siam Tea

Hello Tea Friends,  I got a sample pack of Dong Ding Oolong to try from my last order with Siam Tea and today is the day to try it. Think of it as a random cupboard sample that has been chosen for the potential of greatness. Opening the packet reveals large brown leaf balls complete with stem that appear whole. They truly are an impressive size! Also though dark they have a nice glossy shine. On sniff-spection I can smell toasted wood with soft, dry smoke. Steeping Parameters: 5g Leaf, 320ml vessel, 85C water temperature, 3 minute steep. The resulting Read More


Dong Ding Oolong From Tea Ave

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea Where to Buy: Tea Ave Tea Description: This is it: the original Dong Ding Oolong, grown on the Dong Ding Mountain in Nantou County in central Taiwan, where Dong Ding Oolong originated. One of the best oolong teas in the world.  A perpetual favorite among oolong lovers, it has a strong, clean flavor and an aroma of ripe fruit. Partially oxidized and lightly roasted, Dong Ding is an approachable tea—a good choice for oolong newbies to whet their taste buds with. Dong Ding turns an amber color when infused and possesses a sweet, fruity flavor and Read More


Elixir #9 (Peachy Oolong) From Liquid Proust Teas

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy:  Liquid Proust Teas (On Etsy) Tea Description: Ingredients: Green oolong (Vietnamese Tung Ting), peach blossoms, flavoring. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Finally trying the last of the tea samples that Andrew, from Liquid Proust Teas, was nice enough to send my way. Over on Steepster I’ve posted this review as well – and there it has some special significance as well as it’s my 3000th ‘tasting note’ on that site. I really wanted to celebrate my involvement in the Steepster community by drinking a tea made by someone also engaged within Read More


Taiwan DongDing (TungTing) Charcoal Baked Oolong Tea from Fong Mong Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy:  Fong Mong Tea Tea Description: The hand-plucked leaves of Dong Ding Oolong are grown in the Dong Ding region of Taiwan at the elevation of 740 meters. At this elevation, the leaves absorb moisture from the surrounding fog and clouds every morning and afternoon which is ideal for Oolong plants. Due to the unique geographic location and stringent selection of leaves, this is the finest Dong Ding Oolong from the Dong Ding estate.  Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This Dong Ding from Fong Mong has been charcoal baked and you can really taste Read More


Taiwanese Dong Ding Oolong from Verdant Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type: Oolong Where to Buy: Verdant Tea Tea Description: This Dong Ding exemplifies the union of sweet and savory flavors that are a hallmark of Taiwanese oolong craftsmanship. Taiwanese oolong is an incredible and worthwhile counterpoint to the Tieguanyin growing cross the straights in Anxi. While mainland oolongs tend to be more floral, Taiwanese oolongs edge towards savory. In love with the unique taste, we are pleased to have found this standout example despite difficult growing conditions in Taiwan this past year. The wet leaf aroma is like being in a small bakery with rising whole wheat walnut currant Read More