Zentboutique Dong Ding

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly curled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

This tea was part of the March shipment for Zenboutique’s monthly tasting club. The sample tin didn’t allow for very much of this tea to be sent I used my smallest gaiwan to prepare it. Once unfurled, the leaves were quite large and there were many complete bud sets. The taste was very different from other Dong Dings that I have experienced. Rather than being intensely floral as I expected, it was much more mellow and fruity with just a touch of spice. The mouth-feel was smooth and buttery and there was no bitterness or astringency to speak of. This was a very good tea but it just wasn’t what I prefer for Dong Ding. Their Bai Hao Oolong was much more my style. That being said, if you aren’t a fan of floral oolongs this tea would be great way to experience Taiwanese teas.

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