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Monday, November 1, 2010

Review: thepuriTea.com’s Dong Ding Oolong

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The Subject:
Dong Ding Oolong

Company:
thepuriTea.com. [More info]


Rating:

Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes (see comments)
Tea type: Oolong
Scents, flavorings added: N/A
Aroma, dry tea leaves: N/A
1st Infusion (in the cup):
Aroma, plain — Rich, planty
Taste, plain — Mild, not bitter, no aftertaste, floral, slight caramel
Aroma, enhanced — N/A
Taste, enhanced — N/A

Additional Infusion(s):
2nd infusion — Mild but stronger floral, slight edge, color and aroma about the same

3rd infusion — Mild, slight tang, color and aroma about the same

Comments:
Oolong lovers, take heart. This version of Dong Ding Oolong (also called “Tung Ting Oolong” and “Frozen Summit Oolong”) will be up to your exacting standards. It certainly is up to ours. Thanks, Nav (company owner).

Dry, the tea is in little rolled up “nuggets.” After steeping, the full story is revealed with lots of full leaves, some large pieces, and some two-leaves-and-a-bud pieces.


We followed the package directions, which differ slightly from the Website directions (it says 3-4 minutes steeping time). The first infusion was steeped 3 minutes, the second was steeped 4 minutes, and the third was steeped 5 minutes.


On the scale between unoxidized green tea and fully oxidized black tea, this one looks to me a lot closer to green than black. It also smells and tastes closer to a green tea.


A nice aspect of this and other really high quality teas is that they can be re-warmed. Once we were done with all the infusions and the photo-taking, the first infusion was cool and the second was tepid. (This is usual, but the tea doesn’t always taste drinkable when we re-warm it.) We combined all three and warmed them about 33 seconds in the microwave. The flavor was still true. That’s good tea and good value.


Their packaging of these sample sizes were rather interesting.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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