Thursday, July 23, 2015

Le Palais des Thés Dong Ding Jade Oolong Tea

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 195
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

I'm not always a fan of jade style oolongs. They are often too green for me but this Dong Ding from +Palais des Thés had just the right amount of balance. Prominent floral notes gave way to a pleasant vegetal background. There was a sweetness that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Marzipan without the cherry? Toasted coconut? Needless to say, it was delicious! The mouth-feel was fairly thick with an almost buttery texture. It resteeped very well, staying strong through at least six infusions. This tea is a bit lower grown so it didn't quite have the complexity of a high mountain oolong. It was still a very decent cup of tea though. I decided to try preparing this tea in a western fashion according to the directions provided as well as in a gaiwan. Unsurprisingly the gaiwan was my preferred method. The teapot tea tasted just fine but was a bit too thin for my liking. Their Grand Cru line is a bit pricier the teas are very good quality. The Tawarmarine Shincha Ichibana was a definite favorite when I reviewed it earlier this year.

Dong Ding Jade Oolong Tea sample provided by Le Palais des Thés.