Saturday, June 27, 2009
Tea Tasting Saturday #26: Dong Ding
Bad joke of the week: What does a confused Avon lady say? Answer: "Dong Ding, Avon calling!" (Insert groan here.)
But hallelujah, the hard-to-find Dong Ding has indeed arrived, fresh from China, so now I can get back to tasting my teas in order, like God and Michael Harney intended.
And on a side note, today marks the halfway point for the year of tea tasting. I've already learned so much, I'm looking forward to the second half!
Category: Oolong Tea
Dry leaf appearance: HUGE balls of tea leaf with some stems apparent.
Wet leaf appearance: Large, whole tea leaves, with lots of stems now apparent.
Steeping temperature and time: 1 teaspoon of tea, 205 degrees, 4 minutes.
Scent: I had to sniff this for a long time before I realized the scent I was reminded of was boiled peanuts.
Color: Light gold.
Flavor: This tea didn't seem to bear any resemblance to the other oolongs I've been tasting. The flavor reminded me of Chinese greens, and with the 4 minutes of steeping I had quite a bit of bitterness and astringency. I steeped the leaves again for 3 minutes and found that cup of tea much smoother, with a nice taste, but it still had lots of "pucker" afterwards. I didn't hate it or anything, but this would not be a favorite.
Additional notes: From the Harney book: "Along with Wenshan BaoZhong, Dong Ding is Taiwan's most famous and beloved oolong and most likely its first."
Next week's tea: Fenghuang Shuixian