That awkward moment when you drink the tea and you double check that the tea you steeped comes from the box you think it comes. That was kind of the feeling while drinking this, cause it tasted NOTHING like Da Hong Pao should.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a solid tea – great package, nice looking leaves, good smell of them, nice coloring, good taste, sweet aftertaste, gets lots of steeps…but what this tea is not is Da Hong Pao. It tastes chestnuty which is more in the Tieguanyin area of teas than Da Hong Paos.
I’m not a world class tea expert, but this is simply in a COMPLETELY different world than Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) of Verdant tea. It’s like comparing coke to orange juice – they are both good but they are not even remotely similar.