Da Hong Pao

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185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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Da Hong Pao is a blend of different Yan Chas. This allows the tea to have complexity that is hard to achieve in a single variety tea. Our Da Hong Pao has an intense aroma with a strong body and roastiness.

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Spring 2019 Wu Yi Shan Da Hong Pao

TL;DR: No, I didn’t buy this myself. And I’m glad I didn’t regift it, because this is a rather poor example of “quality” oolong.

212 f, Whole Foods distilled water roughly mixed (+-.005g for each ingredient) (consumer grade mg scales are finnicky) to Arby’s (Empirical tea) Simple Syrup water recipe.

Whole 8g packet

1x 5s rinse

dry leaf: smoke, and roasty, with caramel & dark chocolate notes, slight spices

wet leaf: sweet tinged smoke

5s: Bitter woody and slight medicinal. Something cinnamon-like, and edges/aftertaste is sweet then a slightly mint-edged vegetal. Brown sugar smell in empty cup.

5s: similar to before, with crisp edges & lightened bitterness.

7s: smoky, but lightened. Crushed mint & sugar finish per usual. Slight hint of dried fruit somewhere.

10s: similar, nothing exciting. Quite disappointing for the price tag. Far better teas out there for far cheaper.

18s: Nothing wrong w/ tea, but it has lightened significantly.

23s: Going to stop writing here. Poor longevity/performance downwards given how it’s dropped off thus far.

Based on the other two reviews here, there must’ve been a huge drop in quality vs. previous batches, or I just got horribly unlucky with a crappy pack. This is not a straight-up bad tea, but I refuse to believe that anyone sane is willing to shell out $28 for 8g of this more than once. It’s not that this tastes disgusting or whatever, but this is absolutely one of the worst performing oolongs I’ve ever steeped in terms of longevity, especially for something obviously not just lightly roasted, and has already been sitting for two years. Taste-wise, this is palatable, but not exceptional in a single way, be it mouthfeel, aroma, taste, aftertaste, or any other metric. The only reason I will probably remember this tea by is for how lame it was for the price. The numerical rating reflects my annoyance that I wasted my time mixing water for this tea and brewing this tea in particular, and since Steepster skews every rating to a high average anyway.

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188 tasting notes

Oh my, not to be morbid but when the cremator hits the button I hope he puts as fine a roast on my arse as this selection of Da Hong Pao from Tea Drunk. The flavor also is phoenixed with a perfectly balanced and clear yan yun. Simple yet complex perfection.

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34 tasting notes

A subtle oolong, very roasted, slightly sweet.

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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