Monday, April 28, 2014
Life In Teacup, Dong Ding Oolong traditional medium roast
Production Year - 2013
Production Season - Spring
Production Region - Nantou County, Taiwan
Style - Traditional medium roast
Pack Size - 1 oz. (28g pack)
Price per unit - $5.40
Sample provided by Life In Teacup
Oops, apologies to Life In Teacup. In searching through my drawer of tea today, I found this sample. I had reviewed several other samples some time back, but obviously I missed one.
This is a medium roasted oolong from Taiwan. When I removed the sample from the packet I was amazed at the tiny size of the leaf pellets. They are very dark. I used about 3 g in my press with 10 oz of 190 F water. The steep was two minutes. I did not look up the recommended parameters. I just went with my gut.
The liquor is shiny green when poured but turns honey gold quickly in the cup. Someday I hope to read an explanation of why that happens. I find it fascinating. The leaf has not completely relaxed but has really expanded. It is also fascinating to me how they roll the leaf so tightly. I am always amazed by the art of tea processing.
The wet leaf is strongly roasted in scent. The sip, however, is lovely. The roasting is medium to light. This is nicely sweet and tastes like roasted honey. It seems very thick and milk like but a little more creamy. I taste the mountain oolong notes in the lingering aftertaste. This is really very nice.
It is rainy and gloomy out my window today and this is a little warm ray of sunshine. I'm kind of glad I misplaced this one until the perfect day to enjoy it. This is really hitting the spot.