Tea: Tung Ting Oolong

A Jade Oolong from Hsin Tung Yang

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

Picture of Tung Ting Oolong
Brand:Hsin Tung Yang
Style:Jade Oolong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
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Review of Tung Ting Oolong

6 of 104 of 53 of 563 of 100

I bought this in a 60g canister for $4 in Philadelphia's chinatown, and I wasn't expecting much because it seemed cheap for this style. This is barely recognizable as a Tung Ting / Dong Ding oolong: the leaves are broken, although in fairly large pieces, and although it's on the lighter side for an oolong, it seems too dark for this style. I suspect this may be mislabeled; either that or it's just a low grade of Tung Ting that I've never encountered before.

Overall though, if I set aside my expectations, this tea is quite enjoyable. The liquor is a clear amber color, and the aroma is pleasant: herbaceous and toasty. Smooth flavor like a Tung Ting, but with more astringency and less sweetness. Very full-bodied.

I was able to use this tea for two briefer infusions, although I had better results brewing for a single, long (5-8 min.) infusion, which is how I usually settled on brewing it.

This tea was really not bad, especially once I gave up my expectations of what I thought it would taste like and instead appreciated it for what it was--a rich, flavorful tea of considerable depth. At the same time, although it's cheap for Tung Ting, I think there are much better oolongs available out there at this price (or considerably lower), so I don't think I'd buy this again. But it was worth trying.

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