Sunday, 17 November 2013
Dong Ding Oolong (Eco-Cha)
This Dong Ding comes from Yong Long village the original Dong Ding Mountain, though the exact terroir is a bit different - red soils - from what most Dong Ding is grown in. This batch of tea was originally meant for an oolong competition around Dong Ding Mountain, but the competition never went through, so the tea is now for sale.
The leaves are dark - darker than other dong dings I've tried - and tightly rolled, with a sweet, floral aroma of orchids with a slightly roasty undertone.
The aroma of the liquor is intensely nutty at first, with roasted bark and chicory, but then there's some oolong buttery vanilla hiding underneath that with some cinnamon spice.
The first sip is bold, with roasted nutty flavours and a fantastic mouthfeel - buttery vanilla but with also some citrus tartness. The floral notes come out a bit later, with some orchid and red grapes, and a suggestion of cinnamon and nutmeg. The aftertaste is a citrus tartness, and there's no astringency.
It's a deeper and darker Dong Ding, and wonderfully interesting, I'm really enjoying it.
Dong Ding Oolong at Eco-Cha