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Dong Ding Oolong

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Brand:Tradition
Style:Jade Oolong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 20, 2010

Commercial Description

Tradition Oolong Tea Series - the symbol of the finest tea because of it's distinctive aroma and pleasant taste. Enjoy a cup of Tone Ting Oolong Tea, it will give you a leisurely and carefree mood at any time.

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93 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
(66 reviews) on
Beautiful jade green oolong with low oxidation and a bright, clear aroma and flavor. The natural sweetness is amazing! Aroma mirrors the sweetness but has distinct floral notes.

I have become very impressed by this brand, and the quality of their teas for very reasonable prices. One of my local Asian markets often has their bagged teas but not loose tea, so I have to thank Alex Z. for sending me this loose leaf version (which is even better)!

If you enjoy Jade Oolong tea you really should give this one a try.
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87 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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The aroma is lightly floral and lightly green with the usual earthiness I associate with oolongs.

The taste is slightly bitter, like a green, with hints of orange blossom and a hint of ginseng. The taste is both very pleasant and subtle.

After multiple brews the taste becomes more green and herbal and less floral which is also very pleasant.

I have seen this tea at my local Asian Market but have not gotten around to picking it up (they have a LOT of teas to try and my list is extensive) but I must certainly move this to the top!
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83 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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I was happy with this tea, and especially its reasonable price! To me, it had a subtle taste, like most oolongs, and I was happy with how smooth and soothing it was to drink. I'm hoping to buy some the next time I go to my local Asian supermarket :)
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93 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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This is an exceptionally strong tea: without a doubt, the strongest green oolong I have yet tried. Very little leaf is needed. While I've had Dong Ding with a more nuanced aroma, it was weaker overall, and I actually prefer strength, especially in this style of tea which can be a little too gentle for my tastes. The price on this is outright astonishing; I bought 100 grams for $7.69 and I've never had oolong of this quality for this price. Even better, I picked it up in a local store here in Delaware, the Newark Farmer's Market.

The dry leaf is less aromatic than Tradition's Ali Shan Oolong, and than a lot of Dong Ding I've tried. But even a brief rinse with water brings out a powerful and deep floral aroma. The leaves are very slow to unfurl. After a full four minutes of brewing in a large mug, they were still quite tightly rolled.

I've tried brewing this tea many ways and it is quite versatile. It works really well with mug brewing (I usually get 3 long infusions out of it), but a more gong-fu-style brewing yielded excellent results and brought out some of the nuances of the tea. Even using less than one teaspoon of leaf, I was able to extract 6 very strong cups. I recommend using longer than expected (1+ min.) for the first cup or it will be thin, and then following with shorter infusions. Brewing this way, the first cup was light in color and primarily aromatic, with an intense floral aroma. The second and subsequent cups were all more bitter and full-bodied. The later infusions gradually became less floral and more herbaceous, but the floral qualities persist to some degree through all infusions. Very smooth and pleasing finish.

Overall, the aroma is intensely floral, although slightly heavier than I'd expect from this style. Tones of honey and orchid. Very full-bodied for a Dong Ding. The deep herbaceous tones of later infusions are pleasing and remind me of celery, parsley, and ginger.

This tea has seriously raised the bar for me among Taiwanese oolongs of this price range, and even those of over double the price.
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