Review: Rishi Tea Dong Ding Oolong

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Thumbs up!"The flavor that sticks out in this one is the wonderful nuttiness, like chestnuts or walnuts. There is also a bit of floral hints mixed in and really come out in the aftertaste."
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rishi-dong-ding.jpgThere is a good bit of interesting information provided by Rishi on this tea on their website. It reads “Dong Ding is one of the most famous Oolongs from Taiwan. It originated in Nantou's Lugu area (Deer Valley) in 1885 and is named after a nearby mountain called “Dong Ding Shan” which can be translated as “Frozen Summit Mountain”. The popularity for Dong Ding has become vast and the demand is larger than the possible output from Lugu. Today, “Dong Ding Oolong” refers less to a place and more to a method of oxidation and baking that is in accordance with the original artisan crafted Dong Ding developed in Lugu. In the modern world of tea, some of the best Dong Ding type Oolongs can be found outside of Lugu at somewhat higher elevations using the same traditional tea bush varietal and classic artisan tea processing method.”
The tea looks exactly like it does on the website, little tiny nuggets of green goodness. I'll kind of work backwards explaining this tea, on account of how magnificent the leaves look after your done with them. First I want to point out that this oolong expands a lot and what comes out are much darker leaves. Some of them are a good 2-3 inches in length. All full leaves, no pieces at all, and practically entirely two and three leaves connected. This is what tea should look like! I got three very good infusions out of the leaves, each one looking very light. The flavor that sticks out in this one is the wonderful nuttiness, like chestnuts or walnuts. There is also a bit of floral hints mixed in and really come out in the aftertaste.

If you are not accustomed to nutty flavors I don't think you would like this one, it is very nutty, and probably more so than any other tea I have tried. If you love that quality in oolongs than I would say go and order some right away. The only drawback, which seems pretty standard with Rishi, is that buying smaller amounts of tea can get expensive. This specific one is only sold in 30 gram sealed packets and you can buy a single one for $6, all the way up to 15 of them (which comes to about a pound) for $72 which is priced quite reasonably when you look at the per pound price. Pick this one up if you get the chance, you will not be disappointed.

— To purchase Rishi Tea Dong Ding Oolong, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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