|"This is a leaf of great quality, that provides a rich, decadent brew. Its dark chocolate and toasted grain notes are particularly stellar. Well worth it!"|
Picked and processed on the slopes of the famous Dong Ding (or Frozen Summit) mountain in Taiwan, this oolong promises “a buttery, honey taste with gorgeous peach notes and a hint of light roasting adding a little nutty taste”. The dark green leaf nuggets are quite small – about the size of a lentil. They have a nice sheen to them, which is usually indicative of very fresh tea. Their aroma reminds me of toasted grain and lilac, a combination that bodes well for the flavour.
I followed Tea Horse’s recommendations, infusing two teaspoonfuls in 8 ounces of water for 2 minutes. The cup bears an inviting toasted grain aroma and a coppery tan colour. Initially it displays an abundance of nutty, roasted grain notes. The flavours are well balanced, with a hint of sweet fruit and grass notes to keep things interesting. As it cools the tea becomes more and more like a cup of dark hot chocolate: bitter-sweet in a rich and decadent way. It’s also smooth, delicious and completely different from other dong dings I’ve had before. Wow!
Despite having a very tough act to follow, my second steep is able to hold it’s own. After 3 minute-long steep, it’s slightly smokier and more tannic. While the body has lost some of it’s creamy feel, the balance of flavours is still enjoyable and fairly similar to previous cup’s.
I tried my luck again, with a third 4 and a half minute-long steep. This time the tea is much thinner in feel and flavour. It’s drinkable – there are no obvious down sides to this cup, but it’s nothing I would go out of my way to seek out again.
This is a leaf of great quality, that provides a rich, decadent brew. Its dark chocolate and toasted grain notes are particularly stellar. I found that the first two steeps are able to hold up well to fairly strongly flavoured foods. This tea pairs well with fresh fruit and sweet, doughy deserts. I am really pleased that this company has come onto my radar. I look forward to trying more of their teas.
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