Swap Sample Sipdown! (64)

From Kawaii433, of course!

I’ll be honest, I really didn’t enjoy this one…

The rinse was extremely tasty, with sweet notes of honey and dried apricots, comforting roasted grains, and a light floral overtone. I was excited for the steeps to come!

Unfortunately, all of the remaining steeps had a really strong floral note that was just too much for me. It was almost perfume-like. I don’t know if that’s a normal aspect of da hong pao, or if I just did a terrible job with my steeping parameters…

I stuck with it for seven steeps total, just to see if there was any change in the flavors. I was actually surprised that the taste didn’t seem to change much at all after the first steep. There was still plenty of flavor left in the leaves when I called it quits.

Kawaii did send me another da hong pao sample as well, so I’ll have to try that one out and see how it compares. Maybe da hong pao just isn’t for me!

5g – 110ml – 200°F – 5/15/20/20/30/40/60s

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Dried Fruit, Earth, Floral, Grain, Honey, Mineral, Musty, Perfume, Roasted, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Kawaii433

hehe I was just going to write that this one (the Medium one) is way better than their dark roasted one. The best one to me though is the YS one because you can taste the nuts. I hope that was the other one I sent you.

Cameron B.

Did you find this one very floral? I feel weird that I had such a different experience.

Kawaii433

Nope. I usually can’t stand floral teas… I was re-reading your notes and was wondering could I have mislabelled it. Did it look green or roasted? hehe

Cameron B.

It was definitely roasted, looked similar to the other dark oolongs you sent. :(

Kawaii433

Better yet, did it look like the picture? I know I sent you one that I found too floral, called the immortal prayer but that one is in its own foil package.

Kawaii433

Ok, then that would be it. So strange. I wonder if you did it boiling and longer time period. I did it at 25s with boiling. I sure hope you get to try another DHP though.

Cameron B.

You did also send the dark roast version, along with Golden Peony and Shui Jin from Mandala. So I’ll see how those compare!

derk

Here is a short conversation on Da Hong Pao:
http://walkerteareview.com/dialog-authentic-da-hong-pao-or-big-red-robe/

“More often than not, what is being sold as da hong pao are blends that consists mostly of Huang guan yin, an incredibly floral cultivar.”

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Kawaii433

hehe I was just going to write that this one (the Medium one) is way better than their dark roasted one. The best one to me though is the YS one because you can taste the nuts. I hope that was the other one I sent you.

Cameron B.

Did you find this one very floral? I feel weird that I had such a different experience.

Kawaii433

Nope. I usually can’t stand floral teas… I was re-reading your notes and was wondering could I have mislabelled it. Did it look green or roasted? hehe

Cameron B.

It was definitely roasted, looked similar to the other dark oolongs you sent. :(

Kawaii433

Better yet, did it look like the picture? I know I sent you one that I found too floral, called the immortal prayer but that one is in its own foil package.

Kawaii433

Ok, then that would be it. So strange. I wonder if you did it boiling and longer time period. I did it at 25s with boiling. I sure hope you get to try another DHP though.

Cameron B.

You did also send the dark roast version, along with Golden Peony and Shui Jin from Mandala. So I’ll see how those compare!

derk

Here is a short conversation on Da Hong Pao:
http://walkerteareview.com/dialog-authentic-da-hong-pao-or-big-red-robe/

“More often than not, what is being sold as da hong pao are blends that consists mostly of Huang guan yin, an incredibly floral cultivar.”

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

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