Monday, December 27, 2010

The Puritea Roasted Dong Ding

According to The Puritea, this is a roasted oolong from Taiwan. The dry leaves were very dark green in color and had a tightly rolled appearance. They had a strong floral aroma. I made this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 180 degree water and three consecutive 40 second infusions. The liquor was a pale yellow.

The first infusion was sweet and delicately floral as one would expect from a dong ding. There were hints of vanilla and a toasty aftertaste as well. The second infusion was much more full flavored than the first. The floral aspect gave way to a nuttier and more vegetal flavor. The third infusion was a milder, smoother version of the second. I would definitely recommend this tea.

2 comments:

  1. I've only recently tried Dong Ding that had varying degrees of roast; prior to this I had mostly just tried the less roasted ones.

    This one sounds like one I would really like. I tried a competition grade dong ding from Life in Teacup recently, provided by Marlena of Tea For Today, which I really enjoyed; it was the darkest roasted Dong Ding I've tried yet, and it sounds from your description, a bit more than this tea you are reviewing.

    Have you tried Dong Ding with different levels of roast?

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  2. Thanks for the comment Alex. Dong ding has become one of my favorite types of tea. I've mostly only tried lighter roasted versions.

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