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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”
Our Taiwan Dong Ding (Tung Ting) Oolong Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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Dong Ding oolong tea is grown on Dong Ding Mountain (also spelled "Tung Ting" and means "Frozen Peak"). Dong Ding Oolong is the tea that has taste and flavor which is well balanced. A velvety mouth feel transforms into a slightly drying finish with lasting flavors of honeydew. Dong Ding oolong tea has a full bodied flavor for a delicious and refreshing tea that is great served hot or cold.
The substance in the tea helps to prevent the decaying of teeth and halting the plaque build-up and also reduce the growth of glucosyltransferase. Polyphenolic compounds in Dong Ding Oolong can prevent overall oxidise, and Purine alkaloids have the function of clear free radicals, so that it can have effect of preventing aging.
Dong Ding oolong tea is grown around Dong Ding Mountain, a branch range of Phoenix Mountain in Nantou county, Taiwan. Dong Ding means "Frozen Summit." The altitude is 700-1000 meters. In Dong Ding Mountain grows a local tea cultivar called Qing-xin Oolong Cultivar, the main tea tree planted for making Dong Ding Oolong. Lugu town, the main producing area for Dong Ding Oolong, has annual average temperature of 22℃ and annual rainfall of 2200mm. The place has high atmospheric humidity and is always enshrouded in clouds and mists. The tea garden gets very strong sunshine in the morning, but completely covered by fog in the afternoon. Additionally, high altitude, dense forest and good soil create favorable growing conditions for tea trees. This environment causes the tea leaves to accumulate a lot of substances. That's the reason tea why tea produced at Dong Ding Mountain gives a very strong flavor and sweet after taste. You can easily recognize the difference once you've taste our tea.
The origin of Dong Ding tea dates back to 1841 when a scholar named Lin Feng Chi returned from China with a gift of 12 Qing Xin (Green Hearted) tea plants from the famous Wu Yi Mountain tea growing area in Fujian Province. He planted them on Dong Ding Mountain in Lugu Township, an area ideal for growing quality tea due to its cool, cloud and mist environment. The Lin tea farm has expanded since that time and is now managed by the 4th generation Lin family, who has inherited the traditional tea making techniques.
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This one is a review for 2016 harvest of this tea. As said, I really like Dong Ding. It's sweet floral, vegetal and fruity. The 2016 Dong Ding is however lacking that strong, sweet fruity taste compared to the last batch (was it 2014 or 2015?). It's still really good tea with a really good price. Hope next year will be fruitier though.
This is one fine example of Taiwanese teas. I've tasted Dong Dings and Dong Ding-like teas before and this one is in top 3 definitely. Big nuggets of this leave are irregular in size. Most of them have one bud and two to three leaves, sometimes even four or just one leaf. Flavour is really fruity and creamy. Reminds me a bit of mango and other tropical fruits. This one is a easy drinker. It does good with longer steepings and won't become bitter. Good for everyday drinking.
I followed the gongfu instructions. The first steep is pleasant; on the light side even for 25 seconds. Tastes a little bit like plum. After the second steep, the leaves smelled like pineapple and mango, which was quite nice, and the taste sort of follows that. Still on the light side, so for the next steep I will try going a little longer. The third steep comes back to plum and maybe lychee. I don't really notice any cha qi on this one, but your experience may vary. I have had better tung ting before, but this one costs much, much less. I'd say this offers a great value for an every-day steeping oolong!
Not your typical Oolong in my opinion. Far less harsh than other Oolongs I have experienced. Instead, when I first tasted this tea, I thought it was a green tea. It was very subtle, a hint of steamed spinach and the scent of grass carried by the breeze. So, I increased steeping time from a few minutes to five and longer. The flavor emerged favorably thus my enjoyment increased. I would definitely recommend Tung Ting to someone who is interested in trying an Oolong for the first time. I consider this Oolong pleasant, a first step to stronger flavors I have experienced in others.
I enjoyed a nice session with this tea today, I love how oolongs can be steeped and resteeped a bunch of times and still put out flavor. This tea is a very light oolong, with notes of orchid and butter. Reminds me of spring!
Was very disappointed with this tea.No matter how much I increased steep time or tea quantity there was virtually no flavor. Like drinking hot yellow water.
The pellets here are yellow-green with brown tones, and they’re quite irregular in both size and shape. I was very surprised by the scent, it’s definitely very vegetal and reminds me of Japanese green teas. There’s also a hint of mineral. The steeped liquid smells much more oolong-ish to me than the leaf – it’s creamy with some butter, fruit, and floral notes. Liquor is a very pale yellow with just a touch of green. Wow, I am so glad I chose these teas to try. I love this one! It’s definitely the most vegetal green oolong I’ve had, so much so that it’s almost mimicking a green tea. I would describe the vegetal flavor as raw greens such as spinach, kale, etc. It does have that thick, buttery, rich oolong texture that I’m familiar with. It’s somewhat grassy, but in a rich way as opposed to a rough one. There’s definitely some nutty influence here as well, but it’s a rich nut such as cashew or macadamia. Possibly the tiniest hint of floral in the aftertaste, but it’s light and unobtrusive (happily for me). The whole thing is rather rich, but at the same time there’s a crisp mineral note that makes me think of clear water from a stream. Thanks so much to Angel for sending me samples of these tasty teas! :D
Another sample from the oolong sample set! I may or may not be trying some more teas from Teavivre this week in advance of the sale. I am definitely getting one those pu-erh cakes before they are gone entirely... it's my favorite pu-erh! I used an entire sample pouch, two heaping teaspoons. The bright green tightly rolled bundles have the scent of creamed vegetables. Steep #1 // five minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 min I was going for boiling on this one, but I was a little late. The flavor here is similar to the Ali Shan I had yesterday from Teavivre. Super milky and creamy. The smoothest oolong ever. It lingers like butter long after taking a sip. There are subtle qualities here that remind me of some of those green teas that have that creamed vegetable flavor, but only hints of that! Another savory oolong, but then there is a sweetness that lingers at the end of the sip. The smoothness with this tea is unbelievable. Steep#2// just boiled // 1 1/2 to 2 min As I was sipping the first cup, I was thinking how perfectly brewed it was, or maybe it was just a perfect oolong. Sadly, this cup steeped closer to two minutes and was a little on the tangy side. I really don't like when a good oolong gets tangy/oversteeped! I think even maybe *a minute steep* would have been better for this cup, almost because the leaves are already unraveled. I don't think two teaspoons is too many leaves because the first cup was absolutely delicious. Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min I didn't really think to shorten the steep time more by this steep, sadly. Another cup of slightly too astringent. I can't really taste anything past that but dream of the deliciousness of the first steep. That is too bad. By the first steep, this one might have been my favorite of the Teavivre oolongs that I've tried lately (other than the Iron Goddess anyway) but it is a very sensitive oolong. Hopefully I remember that for the next steep session. It's odd it went from the smoothest oolong to the most sensitive about steep times. I have certainly been oolong spoiled lately though!
Light Oolong that is pale green in color and has a steamed spinach and a faint floral aroma. This tea has a little bit over everything in its flavor, I get some floral, some fruitiness, a little steamed spinach flavor, and a tinge of butteriness. None of the flavors dominate the tea’s taste, but I like the way they work together.
Medium quality oolong, smooth and very delicate with a nice after taste.
Reply: Dear Tim, Thank you very much for writing to us. Actually, different shops name the grade of teas based on different factors. So I think you can identity the quanlity of teas based on the color of the dried tea leaves and the brewed tea leaves, the smell of the the dried tea leaves and the brewed tea liquid and the shape of the teas, etc. So I think you can purchase the samples to taste first, then you can made a comparison with other tea shops' teas. Hope this is helpful for you.
Reply: For the Oolong Tea, among the Oolong Teas now we have, we recommend 100ºC except the Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea which we recommend 85ºC. Because the Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea contains Tea leaves and Tea buds covered in white tips, it is tender and need lower temperature than other Oolongs which are most whole Tea leaves. Of course, it is not so strictly to use 100ºC, but we recommend temperature higher than 90ºC and 100ºC is best for most Oolongs.
Reply: Hello Hannah, this Dong Ding Oolong is one of the greener, more floral one. It is a great choice for people who like lighter taste with natural floral aroma.
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