As always, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy another new tea. Especially as I sit in my office reviewing a resume, my day was brightened with the first sip. There is simply something magical about tea. This morning’s selection… Dark High Mountain Dong Ding.
Composition: A Taiwanese oolong tea from the Dong Ding tea mountain.
Dry Visual: Dark green almost brown loose tea shaped similar to gunpowder green tea. Thanks Pearl Fine Teas for the picture.
Dry Aroma: I was very surprised by the sweet aroma of Dark High Mountain Dong Ding. Immediately I could tell it was an oolong, yet there was hint of something different – I am inclined to call nutty. After steeping the wet aroma contained distinct charcoal notes.
Flavor: Delicious. I have developed a great love for oolongs and am quite pleased with the abundance of flavor – Dark High Mountain Dong Ding is fairly robust. It has a roasted flavor that is perfectly balanced with a natural sweetness. The flavor left on the tongue is definitely nutty. The dry aroma did not disappoint. The second infusion produced a milder taste. I added about 1/2 teaspoon of honey which rounded out the roasted flavor. However, I think I prefer to drink without sweetener.
Liquor: A rich amber hue.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 30 seconds to 2 minutes. I brewed for 2 minutes during the first infusion and 4 minutes during the second infusion.
Manufacturer: Pearl Fine Teas
Dark High Mountain Dong Ding is delicious. A nice spin on some of the other oolongs I have enjoyed in the past. The combination of flavors… nutty, yet sweet, but roasted… creates a very complex tea. If you have enjoyed this tea, stop by and let me know what you think.
I tried to do some research on Taiwanese tea mountains with little success – as I was specifically looking for Dong Ding. I came across several variations of the name for example… Tung-Ting and Dong-Ting both of which refer to one of the largest lakes in China. However, nothing on the tea mountain. Any information would be appreciated.
Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!