Review: JING Tea Dong Ding Oolong

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Thumbs up!"Complex, consistent, and full of surprises if you brew it long enough."
CJ’s Teaview: 10/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 9/10, Alexander gave it 9.5/10, Katie gave it 9.1/10
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A whiff of these balled up, green leaves said "pineapple and jasmine."  It smelled unique, as fine oolongs are prone to do.  I loved it because was brew-able  in boiling water, making it easy to prepare.  Once brewed, the leaves maintained that flowery, pineapple smell, and they tasted exactly the same.

This was a first for me:  A tea with integrity!  It smelled like it tasted and tasted like it smelled, straight down the line.  Although the smell and taste were consistent throughout, this tea still had a complexity that only deepened the longer I brewed it.  No bitterness, just an emerging,  gutsy, green-tea flavor.  By my second cup (after about 10 minutes of brewing) the flavor was malty and toasted...more like a standard oolong, but still with that yellow, fruity, high note which set it apart from other oolongs.

I've tasted several Dong Dings in recent weeks and all of them are different.  It's the terroir, where they are grown and the deftness of those who roll and ferment the leaves that makes the difference. (This tea comes from the original Dong Ding "frozen peak"  mountain smack dab in the middle of Taiwan.)  I am astonished every time I taste an unflavored tea that reminds me of things like chocolate or fruit or flowers.  Teas that ARE flavored with such substances don't hold a candle to these "unflavored" teas.  The surprises and complexity are woven into the very structure of the leaf,  which mystifies and delights me.  I rate JING's Dong Ding a 10.

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