Tea Ave Dong Ding

Tea Ave Dong Ding

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: bright gold

Dong Ding was one of the first oolongs that I really fell in love with at the start of my tea journey. At the time I was working near Gramercy Park and I would get a cup to go every morning from Amai Tea & Bake House (before they closed). It’s with that sensory memory that I dove head first into this sample from +Tea Ave. I was very happy to see that they provided directions for both gaiwan and western style brewing. This tea is a good middle ground in terms of both oxidation and roast. Overly green oolongs tend to upset my stomach but this one was just right. The taste was sweet with wonderfully complex fruity aromas. There was a deep underlying vegetal note that reminded me of baby spinach. The mouth feel was fairly was fairly thick with an almost buttery texture. There was no bitterness or astringency, even when I started extending the brew times in my later infusions.

Dong Ding sample provided by Tea Ave.

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On a side note, I’m a bit bereft because I recently dropped the lid to the yixing that I use for Dong Ding. Thank you to everyone who gave their condolences on Instagram! It broke in several places but thankfully the edges are clean. I’ve ordered a kintsugi kit to see if I can bring it back to its former glory. I’ll be sure to write a detailed post about the process once I do.”,
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