Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Teavivre
The Dong Ding Oolong Teavivre select is among the best ones original from Taiwan. This kind of tea has a high quality and in a leadership among tea market in Taiwan. Dong Ding oolong tea, also know as Tung Ting Oolong traditionally was made from one bud and two or three leaves with fermentation level around 30% that it is also called “delicate elegant Oolong”
Learn more about this tea here.
I do adore Oolong tea, although I’ll admit that I love some more than others. I never really considered Dong Ding (aka Tung Ting) Oolong teas to be at the top of my list, but this Dong Ding from Teavivre certainly has the ability to change my mind! It’s that good!
The flavor is delicate, it isn’t heavy or buttery the way so many green Oolong teas can taste, it doesn’t inundate the palate with overwhelming floral notes or creamy tones. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when I experience Oolong teas that are very buttery or creamy or floral… but, it’s a nice change of pace to find an Oolong that is so delicate as this Dong Ding.
Incidentally, do you get a chuckle when you read the name “Dong Ding?” I do. It makes me think of Ding Dongs.
The flavor is sweet and floral, yes, but, it is light and refreshing. The palate doesn’t feel weighed down with a buttery or creamy essence. It is a perfect spring-time kind of tea, when you want something pure and naturally light. This tea evokes thoughts of the fresh breeze that wisps through a flower garden. The grass, the flowers, the clean, crisp air … I can taste these elements in this cup.
Subsequent infusions bring a more pronounced flavor, but, it never becomes overwhelming. The first cup (with infusions one and two) are my favorite for lightness, but overall, I prefer the second cup because the floral notes become a little more distinct.
This is the kind of tea that you want to sip over the course of an hour or two, just lingering over the delicate flavors. Relax and enjoy!