Our organic Dong Ding Oolong Tea (also known as Tong Ting) is made in the “traditional style” with a deeper oxidation and a more pronounced roasting (as opposed to the more fashionable green style that has become popular these days). The single leaf, rolled balls lend an aroma of roasted peanut shells with orchid notes and a sweet full-bodied, smooth, and creamy infusion.
Dong Ding Oolong Tea is an excellent example of one of the most complicated oolong teas to produce. Working with the traditional Taiwanese varietal, Jin Xuan, on a small family farm in the Huang Shan area of Anhui, award-winning Taiwanese Tea Master Mr. Chen uses traditional Taiwanese methods to produce small batches of Dong Ding in the non-traditional location of China. Interestingly, Mr. Chen was delighted to find that the Huang Shan soil is particularly suited to bringing out the creamy, velvety sweetness of this organic loose leaf tea.
As with our other organic Chinese oolongs, our Dong Ding oolong may be infused multiple times, with each infusion revealing a new nuance of this tea's complex flavor.
Ingredients: organic Chinese oolong tea
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: If you already appreciate Taiwanese Dong Ding Oolongs, you will not be disappointed by this Chinese version and may even find that it allows for a particularly generous number of infusions!
Jeremy Says: Just like our Bao Zhong oolong, this particular oolong is VERY difficult to find USDA certified organic – we are delighted to add this rare gem to our catalog!
Posted by Eric on 26th Sep 2016
This is everything an oolong should be. Perfect balance of that smoky element with a fruit sweetness.
Having tried and enjoyed the currently popular greener version of dong ding, I can say confidently that this more traditional version is my favorite.
With every sip I couldn't help but say to myself, "this tea is so good". Exceptional tea in every way. Thank you for offering this wonderful oolong.
Posted by Greg E. on 14th Aug 2016
I like this tea. Makes a nice cup of oolong. Would purchase again.
Posted by Shamayn Kennedy on 27th Mar 2016
I adore dong ding oolong. I also love the oriental beauty oolong. Thankfully I don't have to choose because Arbor Teas carried them both and they are FANTASTIC!!! Thank you Arbor Teas for providing the best quality organic teas at a price I can afford!
Posted by Tina on 11th Oct 2015
I have been drinking oolong tea for almost 25 years. It is my favorite kind of tea; oolong is just the right combination of earthy and fruity, low caffeine so I can drink it any time during the day. This Organic Dong Ding is superb!
Posted by Dave W. on 23rd Aug 2015
I would give this tea 6 leaves if I could. This oolong will continue to intrigue you with every sip, and every sniff, because its flavor and aroma are quite complex. It has an almost chocolatey taste, and a very forward fruitiness like that of dried currants. However, I think it's best to avoid comparing a tea's flavor to the flavors of other foods, because it does the tea an injustice. A tea should be recognized for its own unique flavor and aroma. The Chinese say that "the five colors make a man blind", which means that if you think there are only five colors, then you miss noticing all of the millions of subtly different colors around you. The same could go for flavors and aromas. This tea has a bold, robust character that is delightfully sweet, with almost no astringency, and can go for many infusions. Sniffing the empty cup, or the moist, steamy leaves inside the teapot, can bring you to another world that you may have visited before only in a dream, but that you long to return to.
Posted by Robin K. on 17th Aug 2015
I mainly drink green tea but ordered a sample of this oolong out of curiosity. Now it is one of my favorite teas. It has a roasted peanut shell taste with floral notes as well. Each infusion tastes a little different. I'll definitely be ordering a bigger size next time!
Posted by Casey on 12th Aug 2013
I've never tried Dong Ding Oolong before, and I should have. This particular tea is possibly the most complex that I've ever tasted. When piping hot, the roasted-peanut-shell flavor is present, and also a slight peppery feel to the tongue. As the liquor cools a little, caramel sweetness appears. The second brewing brings out a nutty flavor. I can drink this stuff all day. I think it is my new favorite Oolong. Good job, Arbor, for finding and securing this lovely tea.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Mar 2013
another must try for oolong lovers
Posted by Alise on 19th Dec 2012
I love the basics; green, white, oolong and black unflavored teas. I sampled every oolong (except Jade) from Arbor and this one is my favorite. Not only is it my favorite oolong of Arbor Teas...it is my favorite of any oolong I have tried (and I dare say this is my favorite tea of all--and I have over 25 high quality loose leaf teas varieties!). I had a few high quality go-to oolongs that I paid premium pricing for at other tea stores and this one surpasses them all in both flavor and quality! The best way I can describe this taste is robust with no astringency (hard to find) with classic oolong undernotes and a dry finish. I like to use the description 'non-offensive' for tea when there is no bitterness or offending flavor in the tea yet it packs lots of taste. I find that is rare to find. I love that this is organic and Arbor has amazing customer service to boot. If you love oolong tea or if you are looking for a well rounded daily tea I'd highly recommend this one. It's amazing!
Posted by Slow Moving Fun Seeker on 21st Sep 2012
I'm a relative neophyte when it comes to oolong, so my criteria are rather simple: Did I like it or not? Did I like it a lot or just a little bit?
I liked this a lot. I found that the different infusions tasted and especially smelled different. The first infusion had a hint of gardenia in the aroma that was replaced with a more roasted/nutty aroma on the second infusion. Oolong sometimes reminds me of Fat Tire, and I like that flavor quite a bit.
I also liked that I can brew this tea very strong without bitterness/astringency. It's a really nice flavor. I highly recommend it.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until the first bubbles begin to rise from the bottom of the pot (195° F)
Steeping time: 4-7 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
In China, tea is often brewed using the meditative Gong Fu method. This very formal, ritualized approach to tea preparation dates back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD). The term "Gong Fu" refers to skill gained through practice - expertise derived not from learning but experience. While the term "Gong Fu" could signify the serious practice of any art form, such as the martial art of related name (Kung Fu), Gong Fu Cha refers to the elaborate preparation of tea using miniature Yixing pots and cups. Yixing teaware is named for the purple clay it is made from, which hails from Yixing in China's Jiangsu province. Everything in Gong Fu service is small and delicate, placing emphasis on the elegance of the tea. Oolongs are the preferred tea in the Gong Fu ritual; they are steeped multiple times to highlight the evolution of taste as the leaves unfurl.
For information on other traditions or to submit your own tea tradition visit our Tea Traditions section.