2013 Da Hong Pao Tea Block

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Licorice, Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Earth, Kale, Rice Pudding, Roasted
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 6 g 6 oz / 178 ml

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  • “Tastes like what they use for the super concentrated tiny cups of gong fu cha they serve at dim sum restaurants” Read full tasting note
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  • “I picked this Da Hong Pao up from Bana with a loose pu’er as part of my search for more portable teas than the pu’er cakes I’ve taken a liking to. The brick was intriguing, but the ability to...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “I received this tea as a sample add-in to an order of puerh samples. The dry leaves appeared to be very heavily roasted, which was confirmed with my first whiff of the pot. Very roasted! I was...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “I decided to give this one a try from the Bana tea sale. I’ve been digging dhp bricks lately. This one is high quality and much less roasty than others I’ve tried. Just a nice subtle lightly floral...” Read full tasting note

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Tastes like what they use for the super concentrated tiny cups of gong fu cha they serve at dim sum restaurants

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I picked this Da Hong Pao up from Bana with a loose pu’er as part of my search for more portable teas than the pu’er cakes I’ve taken a liking to. The brick was intriguing, but the ability to break it up with one’s hands sold me. I’m aiming to try it as a travel tea, but to start with, I did it gongfu style. Early on, I noticed a ton of caramel and roasty sweet flavors, like a caramel corn or those sugar roasted almonds that you get at fairs and festivals (but only really the skins, no real nuttiness). After that, the flavor settled down into more of a middle-of-the-road oolong (to my uneducated tastes), which was pleasant and made me think that this would be fantastic iced as well. My water started cooling off, so my steeping pooped out rather early, which is alright – the remaining leaf smelled plenty herbal and very fresh, which makes me think I could’ve gone further and explored more pleasant bitterness and astringency, but I felt I had had my fill. All in all, I’m sold, this will make a wonderful traveling companion.

I wrote a much longer review with pictures, but it wasn’t conducive to pasting! Check it out here: http://writing.drab-makyo.com/posts/tasting/2016/03/24/da-hong-pao-blocks/

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Earth, Kale, Rice Pudding, Roasted

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I received this tea as a sample add-in to an order of puerh samples.

The dry leaves appeared to be very heavily roasted, which was confirmed with my first whiff of the pot. Very roasted! I was therefore pleasantly surprised that my first sip was more fruity than roasted. The roast was there underneath, and was dominant in the finish. Still, a pretty good balance. The second steep (1m) had a better balance of fruit and roast in the nose, but not much fruit in the taste. Third steep was similar. All of the steeps were interesting, which I like, but in the end I’m just not into a tea that is this heavily roasted.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
boychik

if you happen to have more, try gongfu. DHP is really tasty with short steeps

Dr Jim

I’ll do that. This was my usual oolong semi-gong-fu method: 60 sec steeps rather than my 3 minute western method.

boychik

Ok. and for roasted Yancha i use 212F ;)

Dr Jim

I don’t like to go over 200 F because I really hate bitter.

boychik

Good Yancha never gets bitter. But you do what you feel comfortable for you. Try 200F.

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I decided to give this one a try from the Bana tea sale. I’ve been digging dhp bricks lately. This one is high quality and much less roasty than others I’ve tried. Just a nice subtle lightly floral and sweet brew. Good quality leaves in this brick.

Stephanie

I like the brick ones too :)

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