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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”
The Dong Ding (Tung Ting) Oolong Tea we selected is imported directly from Taiwan to Fujian, China. This tea meets the most strictly European low pesticide residues standard for agricultural products. View Quality Safety Analyzing Report
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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I followed Teavivre’s parameters with my little gongfu pot:7 steeps: rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s.
I found this green oolong to be buttery, slightly vegetal but not overpowering. I found it fruity and slightly sweet, just as the description states.
Overall, I am glad that I ordered a sample of this tea and ejoyed it.
This tea was my introduction to green oolongs. I was surprised by the greenness of the broth, indicating its closeness to its green-tea cousins. I really like the subtle floral tones, which struck me almost like a mild jasmine. Overall, a very nice compromise between a green and an oolong.
I absolutely LOVE oolongs, and I unfortunately don’t have a lot of them. My tea cupboard comprises mostly of blacks and herbals! I decided to treat myself today with this tea. I ordered 2 sample sizes of this tea a couple of months ago from Teavivre when there was a sale.
I opened the small metallic wrapper and immediately saw the bright, fresh green balls of this leaf with a stem on each one. It reminded me of cooked spinach! It smelled so delightful! It was sweet smelling and vegetal.
I recently purchased a beautiful yixing teapot set! I wanted to use it, but I felt like I should make my first cup with my husband. So another day with that! Wow I really went off topic…
Anyhow, this tea, as with most oolongs and other teas, withstood several steeps. I always watching the first steep because it is beautiful to see how the leaves “dance” in my gaiwan.
First steep: 30 seconds, 190 degrees. The brew was a light yellow color. This one smelled very vegetal, not like nori, but almost like a green. The taste was amazing! Light and airy florals dancing in my mouth. It was smooth like butter! There was a slight sweetness to it as well.
Second steep: 50 seconds. The leaves are nearly unfurled at this point. Brew was a jaundice/neon yellow! This brew was more floral and bolder than the first steep. It is sweet and juicy like a berry!
Third steep: 1 min. This steep was lighter and became more fruity! Delicious! The floral tones were fading more. There was a bit more astringency, but it still went down like butter!
This review was originally published on Steepster by oOTeaOo on March 2, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from oOTeaOo.
Oh là là! This is a very nice oolong tea. Upon opening the pouch, the nose is presented with the scent of freshly mown grass, with a hint of spice. The tea liquors to a cloudless and radiant amber colour that is appealing to behold. The flavour is light, but in no manner weak, of delicate fruit and flowers. There is no hint of grassiness, which often mars lesser green oolongs, nor of astringency. This tea is refreshing and delightful: it could easily become a favourite.
I am not much for green oolongs, so this wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I found it very mild and unassuming, with a bit of floral sweetness. I much prefer the TGY with honey or even the unflavoured TGY to this one.
This is a decent tea. It has a nice, floral aroma. It didn't blow me away like Teavivre's Tie Guan Yin, but it is a good tea. I actually got four steepings (so far I haven't tried a fifth): 1m, 2m, 3m, 4m, even thought the instructions say only three for the teapot method. It was a bit strong this method, so I think I would get more steepings and a lighter flavor with shorter steeps (perhaps 1m, 1m30s,2, etc).
Overall, a pretty good oolong.
I fixed myself a pot of this tea mid-day and enjoyed it immensely. I was able to enjoy several infusions with first sip which produced a very light green color and then more peach/nectar in color with a fruity/full bodied finishing. Thank you Teavivre for sending to me sample packet.
I prepared this Gongfu style using the instructions provided by Teavivre. I got 7 infusions, tasted each one a few times, then poured them together. This is a lighter roast, more green oolong. It had good character and flavor through 7 infusions. I would describe the flavor as light green vegetable with underlying floral sweetness, even a hint of buttery character. It will appeal to those who enjoy like lighter oolongs and is a good value-a very nice tea.
The flavor of this oolong is very earthy, with a deep almost roasted vegetable flavor. Definitely a little buttery, and if you swirl the tea around in your mouth a little bit, a light fruitiness starts to show through the buttery vegetables.
It’s a very interesting, flavorful tea that I’m glad to have experienced. Oolong tea doesn't really seem to be for me, but the Teavivre teas are convincing me that they aren't all bad :)
Dry Leaf:Has a sweet vegetal smell.
Wet Leaf: Has a warm floral aroma with a sweet aroma.
Liquor: Is a yellowish color.
Taste:Has a sweet floral taste with a vegetal flavor in the background. The broth feels rich and thick in the mouth.
I think this is a great tea for a person who likes lighter teas with a nice floral taste.
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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