Review: Driftwood Tea Dong Ding Oolong

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Thumbs up!"This top of the line Dong Ding is complex and richly satisfying. I would recommend it to those who like a good dose of broth along with the requisite fruit and flower notes. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.8/10
Other Teaviews: CJ gave it 9.9/10, Shaiha gave it 9.7/10
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This oolong was harvested in spring 2012 in Nantou County, Taiwan. It's described as being fruitier than last year's stock, with “ripe sweet soft stone fruits, hints of cream and lightly toasted caramelized nuts”. My sample comes vacuum-packed in a foil envelope. The rolled leaf nuggets are huge – about the size of a chick pea! Their aroma is faintly floral, with some toasted bread notes thrown in.

I prepared this tea according to the recommendations for European style brewing printed on my sample's package. I infused 2.5 grams of leaf in 8 ounces of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes. The pale gold cup displays an intensely savoury aroma combining toasted grains and buttery greens. The top notes are incredibly briny, tasting of broth and a little smoke. There are also some toasted bread and mocha notes towards the middle. The cup becomes more floral and herbaceous as it cools, eventually developing a tart apricot-tinged finish. The smooth, creamy body adds an element of decadence to the experience. The impressive range of flavours displayed here brings about delicious surprises.

Driftwood suggests brewing the leaves 2 more times. My second, 3 minute-long steep leads to a softer, sweeter cup. There are more lingering fruit and flower notes in the aftertaste. The flavour is more stable and less complex than the previous cup's but just as satisfying.

My last steep was palatable but much more pared down than the first two. After 4 and a half minutes there are still some fruity notes present. The tea is light and smooth but there isn't much more to it than that. It's not offensive in anyway but also not that exciting.

This is a top of the line Dong Ding. It's complex and richly satisfying. I would recommend it to those who like a good dose of broth along with the requisite fruit and flower notes. Well worth it!

— 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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