Review: Driftwood Tea Dong Ding Oolong

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Thumbs up!"Fully brewed, it reminded me of peach cobbler....a buttery crust with undertones of peach and a cinnamon-crumble topping. Quite appetizing!"
CJ’s Teaview: 9.9/10
Other Teaviews: Shaiha gave it 9.7/10, Sophie gave it 8.8/10
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I love Dong Ding teas.  I try as many as I can because they are all delicious, but  not at all alike.  The only thing these teas have in common is their name and the fact they are each utterly different and surprising.

I suspect that the best ones, though, come from atop Dong Ding, "Frozen Peak" mountain in Nantou county, Taiwan.   Driftwood's does, and  it is among the best Dong Dings I have tasted.

I smelled a tad of mint in the leaves when I opened the package.  (Other Dong Dings smelled fruity or flowery.)  While brewing, the scent morphed from minty to buttery...almost a butterscotch.  Fully brewed, it reminded me of peach cobbler....a buttery crust with undertones of peach and a cinnamon-crumble topping.  Quite appetizing!

The taste was the same...buttery and sweet, with jasmine accents.  It finished quite astringent and bright, like a pure green tea.  It was wonderfully complex and just one of the many surprises in store for fans of Dong Ding oolong.  Not only can you brew these leaves a whopping six to seven times, Driftwood suggests leaving your last infusion in the pot overnight.  "Awaken to a beautifully refreshing - and naturally sweet - iced tea," the website says.

For someone like me who always has a half pot of tea sitting around, leaves that don't turn bitter or bland after 8 brews is a bonus indeed.  I must emphasize, though, I needed more leaves (a TABLEspoon instead of a TEAspoon per cup) in order to get the tasty, multiple infusions.  This "shorter brew times with extra leaves" style of brewing is known as "Gong Fu," and is typically how Asians brew their teas, especially during tea ceremonies.

The extra care and attention needed to brew this fine tea many times was more than worth the effort.  It has changed me from a monogamous, European, black-tea drinker, to a polygamous EurAsian tea drinker.  They both have their place.  I feel no shame. I rate Driftwood's Dong Ding a 9.9

— To purchase Driftwood 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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