Sipping on this medium-bodied Thai-grown oolong reminds us of the butteriness of roasted nuts, the smokiness of tobacco, and the sweetness of fresh fruits. Dong Ding oolong is originally made with the Qing Xin cultivar and grown on its namesake mountain in Taiwan, but this version comes from the ever popular Jin Xuan cultivar, which is sought after for its creamy texture. Good for 6+ infusions when brewed Gong Fu style.
- Origin: Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Cultivar: Jin Xuan
- Artisan: Ammy
- Harvest date: January 2022
- Serving size: 4–6 g per cup
- Temperature: 195°F / 90°C
- Recommended vessel: gaiwan or Yixing teapot
Ingredients: oolong tea
Caffeine level: moderate
What is a reserve tea? Reserve teas are teas that are offered in limited quantities due to the availability of the tea itself.
Dong Ding 12, PARU Reserve
This oolong is, simply put, incredible. An ever-slight astringency and charcoal roughness compliments Dong Ding’s robust sesame and roasted nut profile, encouraging an oaky warmth through the senses.
Since mere happenstance led me to try this in cold brew form — I had mindlessly left the store bought tea filter in an iced water — I have enjoyed this oolong in a wide array of settings. Let us only mention that, despite retaining an oily quality of its own, Dong Ding’s pairing with fried rice rivals that of Jasmine Green.
Flavor is great but the cost is simply too high