My first purchases from Eco-Cha were: Eco Farm Heavy Roasted Oolong, LUGU COMPETITION DONG DING, AND ROASTED TSUI YU OOLONG.
I did a side-by-side comparison of the three, steeping 4 grams of each tea in 10 oz of just below boiling water. I let them all cool slightly because I can’t recognize the flavors at too high a temperature. I also tasted each when cooled to room temperature.
Here are my observations:
Lugu Competition Dond Ding:
Subtle woody aroma. Full body, rich, full mouth feel, very bold flavors. Smoothest of the 3. As it cooled, floral oolong notes came out.
Eco Farm Heavy Roasted Oolong:
Very similar in aroma to Competition. Bold woody taste. Mouth feel is narrower, it doesn’t explode like the competition. It’s a little more astringent. When cooled, floral notes weren’t present.
ROASTED TSUI YU OOLONG:
WOODY AROMA WITH DEFINITE Spicy notes. The woody taste is more subtle, balanced out by other flavors like licorice, cardamon, and vanilla. All in all, more nuanced. The only drawback was it was a
I think my order of preference is; ROASTED TSUI YU OOLONG, COMPETITION, AND FINALLY THE ECO FARM. HOWEVER, THEY WERE ALL EXCELLENT. I WOULDN’T HESITATE TO PURCHASE ANY OF THEM AGAIN.
I don't like the price I'm paying for this stuff. Yet this is the second time I'm doing it. I got hooked the first round. I dreamed about it when it ran out. Enjoying the second batch now and trying to find fault with it so I don't make the third round of doing something I don't like.
Very good tea !
I was never really into roasted oolongs until I tried this tea! It has more complexity and lingers longer in the mouth than others I’ve tried. I like brewing in clay over porcelain. Will be coming back for more.
I was gifted a tin of competition-grade Dong Ding Oolong that won 3 plum blossoms back in 2018. Since then, I have been on the hunt for a similar tasting Dong Ding across multiple vendors, and often times other vendors have competition-grade Dong Ding that happen to be heavily roasted (which is not a bad thing, just not what I was looking for).
Finally, after 5 years of searching, this Lugu Competition Dong Ding from Eco-Cha has come the closest to replicating that taste profile I remember all those years ago. The color of the dry leaves is almost stone-like (Not too dark but not too light either). The taste of the liquor is floral and fruit compote with a pleasant slight astringent finish. The smell of the wet leaves is almost metallic in a good way.
I will be sure to purchase more of this tea whenever I get the chance!