Review: Tea Horse Dong Ding Oolong

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Its OK"I did enjoy this cup of tea but it really didn't meet my expectations of a good Dong Ding oolong. And I found it to be too pricey for a tea that doesn't meet those expectations."
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My sample today is from a company that does a monthly subscription program. They also have other teas but as a member for the monthly boxes, you receive a 15% discount on all teas. And they do seem to make up some very interesting tea boxes.

My sample today is of my favorite style of oolong. I wanted to share what the Tea Horse website has to say about it.
Dong Ding is considered Taiwan’s most famous oolong tea and some say, it’s finest. It is made from the Chin Xin Oolong variety of the tea bush, which thrives in the weather conditions of Dong Ding Mountain, where the sun in the morning and a shroud of mist in the afternoon are ideal for producing excellent tea. Plucking takes place in each season but we’ve selected a deliciously full-bodied first harvest tea, which reflects the flavours of summer.

The leaves themselves are a dark olive color and have the faint aroma of lilacs. I brewed it up using 195 degree water and a steep time of 2 minutes. The resulting liquor is a surprisingly dark golden brown with a strong floral aroma of lilacs and orchids.

The top note in this tea is a honeyed sweetness from the floral notes leading into a mid note of stone fruit. I am wavering between peaches and apricots as it does change slightly with each sip. The base note is a faint nuttiness. This dong ding is all about the top note as the other flavors are pretty faint and there is no aftertaste to speak of.

I did enjoy this cup of tea but it really didn't meet my expectations of a good Dong Ding oolong. When I am paying almost $8.00 for 25 grams of leaves I am looking for far more complexity and a lingering aftertaste.

— To purchase Tea Horse 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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