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Dong Ding is a classic famous Taiwanese oolong tea for a reason, and this is a prime example of the flavors it can demonstrate. Notes of toasted grain, honey, and the last flowers of summer delight your palate and linger in the mouth well after the last sip.
The tightly curled leaves are roasted with utmost care and balance. The aroma blends delicious toasted grain notes of wheat and delicate floral tones of honeysuckle and Asiatic lilies, blending honey sweetness with gentle spice.
The first sip surprises you with the mouthfeel, thick and buttery, well rounded and very smooth. The first note that shows up is a buttery sweetness, like heavy cream butter churned with honey. This blends perfectly with the note of toasted grains and freshly baked bread. The finish has very delicate and distant floral notes, like the last remnants of summer’s blooming.
As common to other famous teas, also Dong Ding is extensively copied. Dong Ding is a restricted mountain area of Taiwan with limited tea production. Nonetheless tea vendors claim selling authentic Dong Ding all over Taiwan and the world wide web. What most of them are selling is actually Dong Ding-like tea. Leaves processed in a similar fashion but grown on different terroir.
We at nannuoshan distinguish between the original Dong Ding described on this page and other Dong Ding-like teas, like Cui Yu and Qing Xin. There are certainly outstanding oolong teas, but cannot compete with the depth and complexity of the authentic Dong Ding.